West Bengal assembly elections to be held in 8 phases, up from 7 last time, beginning with polling for 30 seats on March 27. Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala assembly elections to be conducted in single phase on April 6. Assam assembly polls to be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.
Counting of votes for all five assembly elections on May 2: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.
Nearly 18.68 cr electors to vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 seats in 5 assembly elections. Voting to take place for 126 seats in Assam, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 294 in West Bengal, 140 in Kerala, 30 in Puducherry. Vaccination drive has made situation more conducive for elections, everyone on poll duty declared frontline worker for vaccine purpose. Door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including candidate, road shows can be held: EC on five upcoming assembly polls. Adequate CAPF deployment will be ensured for assembly polls; critical, vulnerable areas identified and advance teams already deployed. Webcasting arrangement in place at polling stations in critical and vulnerable areas. Arrangements to be in place for candidates to file nominations online for five assembly polls, voting to be allowed for extra one hour. All poll officials will be vaccinated against COVID-19 before elections for five assemblies. This will be last set of elections during my tenure before I demit office on April 13: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.