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While Assam concluded its Assembly elections on 11 April, polling will continue in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry between April and May 2016. The six-phase polling has commenced in West Bengal and will continue till 5 May. In Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, voting will happen on 16 May. Besides the Congress, BJP and CPI(M), several regional parties are also in the fray. While the BJP is looking to make inroads in Assam and Kerala, the Congress is looking to retain its sway over these two states. In West Bengal, the Congress and the CPI(M) aspire to outdo the ruling TMC. While Tamil Nadu will see a battle between the AIADMK and the DMK – the current on-goings in Puducherry are tilted in favour of the AINRC. The ultimate verdict will be out on 19 May.
Assembly Election Schedule 2016
PhaseDate of pollSeats
1st Phase -AApril 418
1st Phase -BApril 1131
2nd PhaseApril 1756
3rd PhaseApril 2162
4th PhaseApril 2549
5th PhaseApril 3053
6th PhaseMay 525
Single PhaseMay 16140
Single PhaseMay 1630
Single PhaseMay 16234
1st PhaseApril 465
2nd PhaseApril 1161
Results on 19 May 2016
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Election System in India

Types of Elections in India

Following are the major types of elections in the country:

Right to Vote
The Constituent Assembly adopted the principle of universal adult franchise as the main method of democratic representation in the Lok Sabha and in the State Legislative Assemblies. The original Article 325, providing for adult suffrage fixed the age of eligibility to vote for elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, at 21 years, but by the 62nd Amendment to this clause passed in 1989, it has been reduced to 18 years.
Election Process in India
In an election, various candidates of different parties contest against each other, out of which the people elect their representative. The stages of the election process of India include delimitation of constituencies wherein the entire area (the whole country in the case of Lok Sabha elections and that particular state in the case of Legislative Assembly elections) is divided into constituencies. After the demarcation of constituency, the voters' list of each constituency is prepared and published and nomination papers are filed by the candidates. Thereafter, nomination papers are scrutinised. The next stage is the campaign by all the candidates and the parties. The election campaign ends 48 hours before the polling. The last step is the counting of votes and declaration of result.

Political Parties in India
A political party is a group of people who want to achieve common goals by contesting elections and exercising political power upon winning. India has a multi-party system. Some of the major political parties in India are: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress, Bahujan Samaj party (BSP), Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), National Congress Party (NCP), Janata Dal United (JDU) and Shiv Sena. There are also various regional parties in India.
Election Results History

Having commenced in the year 1951, elections in India are held after every five years. The PM is elected by the LS members after each election.

Assembly Election Results

Held every five years, MLAs are chosen by the people in Assembly Elections in different states. The Chief Minister is selected by the MLAs thereupon.

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