Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan will go to polls on April 24. The election commission said over 7 crore voters from Maharashtra will elect 48 Lok Sabha members over three days next month.
The first phase of the polls will be held on April 10 in which voters of Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Wardha, Ramtek, Nagpur, Bhandara-Gondia, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Chandrapur and Yavatmal-Washim (all 10 seats in Vidarbha) will take part.
The second phase, to be held on April 17, will cover 19 constituencies falling in Marathwada and Western Maharashtra regions. These are Ahmednagar, Baramati, Beed, Hatkanangle, Hingoli, Kolhapur, Latur, Maval, Madha, Nanded, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Pune, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Shirur, Shirdi, Solapur, Sangli and Satara.
The last and final phase will cover the remaining 19 constituencies — Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Raigad, Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Raver, Jalna, Aurangabad, Dindori and Nashik.
As per the latest figures provided by chief electoral officer, Maharashtra, Nitin Gadre, the state at present has over 7 crore voters. However, for those who have yet not registered, the election commission has announced a massive drive across the state on March 9.
The election commission also announced holding by-elections for the assembly seat of Sillod due to the death of the sitting MLA, Subhash Jhanak, on April 10, along with the Lok Sabha polls.
Gadre also announced setting up of a call-centre to register complaints against the candidates who defy the rules of model code of conduct or exceed the expenditure limits prescribed by the EC.
However, the election commission is still struggling to update the photo electoral rolls in its database. "We are now close to 76%. We are hopeful of improving the figure in the coming days," Gadre added.
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Nitin Gadre, CEO, state election commission on Wednesday refused to comment on the issue of appointment of Rakesh Maria as city's new police commissioner. He said the matter is between the election commission of India and the Home department of state government