"This whole controversy is totally uncalled for and unnecessary".
Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim had commented on voting difficulties while questioning the lengthy schedule of the election, which will be held in seven rounds.
"By using the cVIGIL app, citizens can record on his Android mobile and promptly to election authorities report any violation of Model Code of Conduct, any incident of intimidation or inducement within minutes of having witnessed them and without having to go to the office of the returning officer", said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora.
Since the Election Commission is a constitutional body, I don't want to comment much into the matter. But the 7-phase election will be tough for people in Bihar, UP and WB. "My analysis is that this month (Ramzan) will lead to more voting percentage because one will be free from all worldly duties", Mr Owaisi remarked.More news: WWE's The Shield delivers final triple powerbomb at Fastlane event
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"Minority population in these three states is quite high. But they should have considered that people will suffer during Ramzan (in casting votes)", Hakim told news agency ANI. BJP wants minorities to not cast their votes.
The poll panel, in the notification dated March 10, also clarified it would conduct Assembly bye-polls in 18 Tamil Nadu constituencies along with the Lok Sabha polls on April 18.
In 2014, the EC had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May. Counting of votes will be done on May 23.
BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will sweep a majority of parliamentary seats up for grabs in the election starting April 11, a nationwide opinion poll has shown.