CEC VS Sampath has declared a mega nine day polling schedule for 16th general elections plus assembly elections for AP, Odisha and Sikkim.
The first poll date is April 7th and the last poll date will be May 16th. Andhra Pradesh will go to polls on two dates. Telangana will be April 30th, Seemandhra will be on May 7th. Schedule to Telangana will be released April 2nd, Nominations last date will be April 9th, withdrawal will be 12th and polling will be held on April 30th.
Seemandhra schedule will be released April 12th, Nominations last date will be 23rd. polling will be on May 7th. Counting will be the same across the country – May 16th.
81.4 crore voters will be participating this time, 10 crores more than last time. For new enrollments, there will be arrangements from April 9th in all booths.
NOTA will be implemented across the country. Photo voter slips will be issued to voters at home.
EC is not concerned with the Appointed day of Telangana as it is conducting elections as per present realities, Sampath said.
Election Commissioners Zaidi HS Brahma too participated in the press meet.