Lok Sabha poll dates to be announced tomorrow

The Election Commission of India (ECI) will announce the dates for the much-awaited Lok Sabha elections at a press conference at 3 pm tomorrow.

The ECI will also announce the dates for the assembly elections scheduled in Odisha, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Sources informed  that the Lok Sabha elections are expected to be held in seven to eight phases.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, accompanied by the newly elected Election Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, will announce the poll dates.

The press conference will be livestreamed.

Former bureaucrats Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh were shortlisted from a list of six candidates. They took charge earlier in the day, nearly a week after Arun Goel resigned as the election commissioner in a move that shocked many.

Kumar and Singh replaced Anup Chandra Pandey and Goel. Pandey demitted office on February 14 upon attaining the age of 65 years.

Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh’s appointment came after a meeting of a three-member high-level selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.