Polling announced by the commission for five states


New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Friday announced that assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held on May 16.

He said elections will be held for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala and 30 seats in Puducherry.

Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly will be held in two phases on April 4 and 11, the Election Commission said on Friday.

“In the first phase, voting will be held in 65 constituencies and remaining 61 constituencies in the second phase,” Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said here.

The Election Commission on Friday announced a six-phase polling for the 294-member West Bengal assembly.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said West Bengal will see balloting on seven dates despite a six-phase election: April 4, 11, 17, 21, 25 and 30 and May 5.

Zaidi said polling with be held for 49 seats in two rounds in the first phase – voting in 18 segments will be held on April 4, and for 31 seats on April 11.

As many as 56 seats will go to polls in the second round on April 17.

Voting will be held in 62 assembly constituencies in the third phase on April 21.

In the fourth phase, polling will be held in 49 segments on April 25.

A total of 53 seats will go to polls in the fifth phase on April 30, and remaining 25 seats on May 5 in the last phase.
“Counting of votes in these states will take place on May 19,” Zaidi told the media here.