EC to announce Lok Sabha election dates today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 05, 2014 09:54 IST

The world’s biggest democratic exercise will be set into motion on Wednesday with the Election Commission releasing the dates for almost two-month-long Lok Sabha poll process expected to begin in second week of April.

The EC’ decision to call polls seems to have taken the government by surprise which had planned a cabinet meeting on Thursday to push some last-minute sops.

Read: Declare your foreign accounts before polls, says EC

The government will be racing against time to notify dates for creation of Telangana, India’s 29th state.

Lokpal, another of its “achievements” that the UPA would have liked to go to voters with, too, looks unlikely, as the government won’t have enough time to name a replacement for KT Thomas, the former Supreme Court judge who on Monday quit as the head of the search committee for the anti-corruption watchdog.

As soon as the poll dates are announced, the model code of conduct will kick in, preventing the government from making any decisions that can be seen as influencing voters. It also prohibits political parties from making unsubstantiated allegations against opponents.

The decision to announce the elections in which 814 million voters will be eligible to exercise their franchise was taken after a series of meeting by Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Tuesday and firming up of the security plan.

The term of the current Lok Sabha expires June 1. A new House has to be constituted by May 31.

This summer’s elections will see the ruling UPA pitted against the NDA led by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Read: CEC Sampath seeks help of DD and AIR for better conduct of elections

But the party that will be watched with great deal of interest is the barely two-year-old Aam Aadmi Party, which made a stunning poll debut in Delhi only to quit after 49 days in power. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has a 40-day whirlwind election tour of the country planned.

The Left-backed Third Front, too, is trying to project itself as an alternative to the Congress as well as the BJP.

Read: Don’t promise what you can’t deliver: EC

From Around the Web
Sponsored by Revcontent

also read

Firearm laws get tougher, even airguns need permit
Show comments

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Chrome and Ad BlockPlus users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar at top right of this page

2. Click on ‘Enabled on this site’; this should now change to ‘Disabled on this site’


chrome



For Chrome and Ad Block users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don’t run on pages on this domain’ and then click ‘exclude’ on the pop up


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Mozilla and AdBlock Plus (ABP) users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Internet Explorer and AdBlock Plus users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock Plus’ icon in your status bar at the bottom of the screen

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Safari and AdBlock users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don't run pages on this domain’ and then click 'exclude'


chrome