Lok Sabha polls may be announced on Monday

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New Delhi, March 9 The Election Commission (EC) is expected to announce the schedule for 2019 general elections early next week.The elections are likely to be spread over 7-8 phases in April-May. The term of the 16th Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

The Election Commission is also likely to hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls. Also, it is likely to that assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held simultaneously. The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was dissolved on November 21 last year and the Election Commission is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period.

The EC conducted a review meeting, here on Saturday, as part of preparations for the multi-phase Lok Sabha polls. Sources said the schedule could be announced on Monday or Tuesday.

The Vigyan Bhavan, venue for big government events, has been booked by the poll panel for preparatory meetings. The schedule for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was announced on March 5.

The elections could be spread over several phases over the next two months. The Lok Sabha elections in India are the biggest democratic exercise in the world.

The model code of conduct will come into effect from the date of declaration of polls. The poll schedule for the the last three general elections was announced in the first week of March.

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