Festival of Democracy is Here: PM Modi After Poll Dates Announced

The Election Commission will soon announce its schedule for the Lok Sabha elections, which is likely to be spread over seven to eight phases in April-May, sources said.

Sources said the poll panel is in its final stages of completing its logistical preparations to conduct elections for the 17th Lok Sabha, and a detailed polling schedule could be announced this weekend or by early next week.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on 3 June.

The announcement of dates for the elections, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his bid to return to power amid hectic parleys by several political parties to put a united fight against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, will be followed by a meeting of election observers next week for the first and second phase of polling.

Updated: March 10, 2019 — 1:22 pm