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Business News/ Elections / Lok Sabha elections 2024 dates, schedule likely to be released after March 13: Report
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Lok Sabha elections 2024 dates, schedule likely to be released after March 13: Report

Lok Sabha elections 2024: The teams of the Election Commission are out on the ground, assessing the election preparedness of various states

EVMs and other election material kept at distribution centre on the eve of voting (PTI)Premium
EVMs and other election material kept at distribution centre on the eve of voting (PTI)

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is expected to announce the schedule for Lok Sabha elections 2024 after March 13, news platform India Today reported quoting ECI sources on Friday. The teams of the Election Commission are out on the ground, assessing the election preparedness of various states, and will conclude the exercise likely by March 13.

The senior officials of the Election Commission of India are holding regular meetings with the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of various states and figuring out problem areas ahead of the elections. The report mentioned that the ECI is deliberating of practical problems like movement of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), requirement of security personnel, vigil along the state borders etc.  

Reports quoting sources indicate that the EC teams will be visiting West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and other states in the coming weeks. It will reportedly visit Jammu and Kashmir on March 13.

The poll body said that nearly 97 crore Indians will be eligible to vote in this year's Lok Sabha elections — a 6% increase in registered voters from 2019. The Election Commission of India published the electoral rolls in all States/UTs across the country in early February after the months-long intensive Special Summary Revision 2024.

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Efforts are also underway to assess the viability of holding of simultaneous elections in the country. A High-Level Committee chaired by former President Ram Nath Kovind had met to review its activities in this regard on Wednesday. The One Nation One Election team also held consultations with former Chief Justices Deepak Mishra and SA Bobde on Monday.

Several states — including Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh — will hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the coming months. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 23 Feb 2024, 02:06 PM IST
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