Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal having the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29, while counting of votes for the four states and one union territory will be done on May 2, the Election Commission said on Friday.
Assam assembly polls will be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6, while polling for the Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections will take place in a single phase on April 6.
Elections for the West Bengal assembly will be held in eight phases, up from seven last time, beginning with polling for 30 seats on March 27, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said while announcing the poll schedule.
The dates are as following:
Assam - 3 Phases - 27 March, 1 April, 6 April
Kerala - 1 Phase - 6 April
Tamil Nadu - 1 Phase - 6 April
Puducherry - 1 Phase - 6 April
West Bengal - 8 phases - 27 March, 1 April, 6 April, 10 April, 17 April, 22 April, 26 April, 29 April
The second phase of West Bengal's assembly elections has been scheduled on April 1 and will cover 30 constituencies, followed by the third phase on April 6 for 31 seats, fourth phase on April 10 for 44 constituencies, fifth phase on April 17 for 45 seats, sixth phase for 43 seats on April 22, seventh phase on April 26 for 36 seats and last and eighth phase on April 29 for 35 seats, Arora said.
Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry. According to sources, the elections in West Bengal may be held in 7-8 phases, while three-phase elections in Assam are likely. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will see single phase polls, sources said, adding that in Kerala, the election may be held in one or two phases.