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Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh polls with LS elections likely: EC sources

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The is likely to hold Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and with elections due next year, highly-placed sources in the poll panel have said.

The terms of the four assemblies will end in May and June, 2019.

The sources also said there is a possibility of holding elections to the assembly, dissolved this month before it completed its tenure, along the

They pointed out that by holding assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and along with the polls, the (EC) will be following precedents.

Since the Assembly has been dissolved, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there within six months.

"The upper limit ends in May. We may hold elections in along with the polls. But it can be held before that also. We'll see in the coming days," a functionary said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly's six-year term was to end on March 16, 2021. The other state assemblies and the Lok Sabha have a five-year term.

Sources in the government, meanwhile, pointed out that when security forces are deployed for the Lok Sabha polls in the state, it would be convenient for election authorities to hold the assembly polls simultaneously.

While the term of the Assembly ends on May 27, 2019, the terms of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and assemblies end on June 18, June 11 and June 1 respectively.

"When arrangements are in place for the Lok Sabha polls and the terms of the assemblies are ending during the same period, it is but natural that all polls are held together," the functionary said.

Another said if and elections too are clubbed with polls in the four states and the Lok Sabha, then there would not be any other election in 2019.

"Hypothetically speaking, the two states have BJP governments. If a call is taken by the party to seek dissolution of the two assemblies six months before the schedule, then elections can be clubbed with that of the Lok Sabha and the four states," he said.

The terms of the two assemblies would end in November, 2019.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:35 IST
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