Ahead of simultaneous Assembly & Lok Sabha polls, Election Commission to visit Odisha from February 15

Odisha Politics

Bhubaneswar, February 8: Ahead of simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission (EC) will visit Odisha between February 15 and February 17 to review the preparedness of the State for the elections.

It is usual for the EC to tour States ahead of Assembly or Lok Sabha elections to meet political parties, senior police and administrative officials and its ground poll machinery.

It is, however, not yet certain whether the EC will visit all the states and union territories. It may skip states where Assembly polls were held recently.

In 2019, the Lok Sabha elections were announced on March 10 and held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. Votes were counted on May 23.

Odisha has been having simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls since 2004. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dissolved the Legislative Assembly in February 2004, one year before his tenure was to end, and held simultaneous polls that summer.

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