Phase one of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections began at 7 am today, and 91 parliamentary constituencies are voting across 20 states and union territories. Coinciding with the Lok Sabha elections are assembly elections in four states today, where voting is being held simultaneously to decide the next government in those states. The four states where assembly elections are being held are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha. While polling for the assembly elections in Andhra, Arunachal and Sikkim will complete in a single-phase today, voting for the Odisha Assembly will be held in four phases - first being today - coinciding with the four phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. The counting of votes for the assembly elections will be held simultaneously with that of the Lok Sabha or parliamentary elections on May 23, and the results will be declared the same day.
Here are the LIVE updates from the 2019 Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Odisha:
Andhra Pradesh witnessed violence in at least four constituencies during today's polling, in which at least one person died. Supporters of Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party and rival YSR Congress Jaganmohan Reddy came to blows as elections for the 175 assembly seats and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state got underway today.
Polling continued in some polling centres in Andhra Pradesh past 10 pm Thursday as voters stood in long queues waiting for their turn to exercise their franchise
An estimated 66 per cent of the voters in Arunachal Pradesh exercised their franchise on Thursday to elect members of the state Assembly and the two Lok Sabha MPs, an election official said
BJP delegation files a complaint with Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha alleging violation of Model Code of Conduct by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The delegation alleges that his speeches delivered today were live telecast on a TV channel. They have requested Chief Electoral to take action
An estimated 74 per cent of the voters in Sikkim have exercised their franchise on Thursday to elect members of the state Legislative Assembly as well as the lone Lok Sabha MP from the state, an election commission official said.
Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha: We have been successful in conducting the first phase of polls in a free, fair & peaceful manner. There has been no untoward incident whatsoever reported in the polls. The failure rate of EVMs has been under 1%. #IndiaElections2019pic.twitter.com/xVcjNXaIyr- ANI (@ANI) 11 April 2019