National media is reporting that The Election Commission might announce general poll dates tomorrow. The Election Code comes into effect immediately after the announcement. The new Lok Sabha will have to be constituted by May 31st as the lower house expires on June 1st. The polls are said to be held in 6-7 stages. Apart from Sikkim and Odisha, Andhra Pradesh assmebly too will elect their new leaders along with Lok Sabha elections. AP faces a unique situation of a semi final sort Municipal elections just before these.
The first phase of general elections will not go beyond April 7th, sources say.
“We are trying to limit the polls to six phases. However, we are still trying to work it out. A meeting has been called tomorrow to fix the election dates,” an Election Commission official said, requesting anonymity.