Election Commission will soon announce its schedule for Lok Sabha elections. This election is likely to be spread over 7-8 phases in April-May, sources said on Thursday.
Sources said the poll panel is in final stages of completing its logistical preparations to hold elections for the 17th Lok Sabha and a detailed polling schedule could be announced as early this weekend or by early next week. The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.
A senior Election Commission functionary said the poll panel is now prepared to announce the dates “any day” and it could happen over the weekend or at most by Tuesday.
Notification for the first phase could be issued by the end of March for voting some time in early April, sources suggested. There is a strong possibility that the EC may go by the precedent and hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls.
Since the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been dissolved, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period, which will end in May.