Voting for Puducherry assembly election will take place in a single phase on April 6, the Election Commission announced on Friday, adding the counting of votes will be on May 2.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said for the Union Territory, March 19 will be the last date for nominations, March 20 for scrutiny and March 22 for the withdrawal of candidature.
Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal conducting the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29, the Election Commission said on Friday, adding votes for all the four states and the union territory will be counted on May 2.
As many as 18.68 crore voters will be eligible to cast their votes at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 assembly seats across Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Mr Arora said with the announcement of dates the Model Code of Conduct has come into force.
He said polling time has been increased by one hour due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“During filing of nominations, only 2 people will be allowed to accompany the candidate,” he said.
All poll officials will be vaccinated before the elections, he added.
Earlier this month, V Narayanasamy’s four-and-a-half-year-old government collapsed following six resignations – five Congress MLAs and an ally quit the party.
The Union Territory has been placed under President’s rule.
With inputs from PTI