Elections in Andhra Pradesh: The Election Commission of India has announced that Andhra Pradesh will go to polls in a single phase on April 11. Both the parliamentary and legislative assembly polls will be held in the state simultaneously.
While parliamentary elections will be held across 25 seats, the state assembly has 175 chairs. This would be first assembly election in the state post-bifurcation. Although the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 for bifurcation of the state received the President’s assent on March 1 in 2014, the appointed day for the new states — Telangana and Andhra Pradesh formation is June 2, 2014.
The counting of votes will be done for the both Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha on May 23.
Here’s the complete schedule of elections in the state for both 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 Vidhan Sabha seats:
Number of assembly constituencies going to polls: 175
Number of Lok Sabha constituencies going to polls: 25
Issue of Notification March 18
Last Date of filing Nominations March 25
Scrutiny of Nominations March 26
Last date of withdrawal of Candidature March 28
Polling date April 11
Results May 23
Date before election shall be completed: May 27
How simultaneous polls are conducted:
Andhra Pradesh is one of the four states where simultaneous polls will be held for state assembly and Parliament. At every polling booth, the Election Commission will provide two different EVMs. This will be done in order to allow people to elect their MPs and MLAs. While one EVM will be used for the election of new Legislative Assembly, the other will be used for election of the Member of Parliament.
The term of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly ends on June 18.
25 Lok Sabha constituencies: Araku, Srikakulam, Viziananagaram, Visakhapatnam, Anakapalle, Kakinada, Amalapuram, Rajahmundry, Narsapuram, Eluru, Machilipatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Narasaraopet, Bapatla, Ongole, Nandyal, Kurnool, Anantapur, Hindupur, Kadapa, Nellore, Tirupati, Rajampet, Chittoor
In 2014, polling was held for 42 Lok Sabha seats and 294 Assembly constituencies. The prominent players are Telugu Desam party (TDP) of Chandrababu Naidu, YSR Congress of Jaganmohan Reddy, Jana Sena of Pawan Kalyan, TRS of KCR, BJP and Congress.
While TDP had won 16 seats in 2014, the TRS had bagged 11 seats. YSRC had won 9 seats.
175 Vidhan Sabha constituencies:
Srikakulam district (10 seats): Ichchapuram, Palasa, Tekkali, Pathapatnam, Srikakulam, Amadalavalasa, Etcherla, Narasannapeta, Rajam (SC), Palakonda (ST)
Vizianagaram district (9 seats): Kurupam (ST), Parvathipuram (SC), Salur (ST), Bobbili, Cheepurupalli, Gajapathinagaram, Nellimarla, Vizianagaram, Srungavarapukota
Visakhapatnam district (15 seats): Bhimli, Visakhapatnam east, Visakhapatnam south, Visakhapatnam north, Visakhapatnam west, Gajuwaka, Chodavaram, Madugula, Araku Valley (ST), Paderu (ST), Anakapalle, Pendurthi, Yelamanchili, Payakaraopet (SC), Narsipatnam
East Godavari (19 seats): Tuni, Prathipadu, Pithapuram, Kakinada Rural, Peddapuram, Anaparthy, Kakinada City, Ramachandrapuram, Mummidivaram, Amalapuram (SC), Razole (SC), Gannavaram (SC), Kothapeta, Mandapeta, Rajanagaram, Rajahmundry City, Rajahmundry Rural, Jaggampeta, Rampachodavaram (ST)
West Godavari district (15 seats): Kovvur (SC), Nidadavole, Achanta, Palakollu, Narasapuram, Bhimavaram, Undi, Tanuku, Tadepalligudem, Unguturu, Denduluru, Eluru, Gopalapuram (SC), Polavaram (ST), Chintalapudi (SC)
Krishna district (16 seats): Tiruvuru (SC), Nuzvid, Gannavaram, Gudivada, Kaikalur, Pedana, Machilipatnam, Avanigadda, Pamarru (SC), Penamaluru, Vijayawada West, Vijayawada Central, Vijayawada East, Mylavaram, Nandigama (SC), Jaggayyapeta
Guntur district (17 seats): Pedakurapadu, Tadikonda (SC), Mangalagiri, Ponnuru, Vemuru (SC), Repalle, Tenali, Bapatla, Prathipadu (SC), Guntur West, Guntur East, Chilakaluripet, Narasaraopet, Sattenapalle, Vinukonda, Gurajala, Macherla
Prakasam district (12 seats): Yerragondapalem (SC), Darsi, Parchur, Addanki, Chirala, Santhanuthalapadu (SC), Ongole, Kandukur, Kondapi (SC), Markapuram, Giddalur, Kanigiri
Nellore district (10 seats): Kavali, Atmakur, Kovur, Nellor City, Nellore Rural, Sarvepalli, Gudur (SC), Sullurpeta (SC), Venkatagiri, Udayagiri
Kadapa district (10 seats): Badvel (SC), Rajampet, Kadapa, Kodur (SC), Rayachoti, Pulivendla, Kamalapuram, Jammalamadugu, Proddatur, Mydukur
Kurnool district (14 seats): Allagadda, Srisailam, Nandikotkur (SC), Kurnool, Panyam, Nandyal, Banaganapalle, Dhone, Pattikonda, Kodumur, Yemmiganur, Mantralayam, Adoni, Alur
Anantapur district (14 seats): Rayadurg, Uravakonda, Guntakal, Tadpatri, Singanamala (SC), Anantapur Urban, Kalyandurg, Raptadu, Madakasira (SC), Hindupur, Penukonda, Puttaparthi, Dharmavaram, Kadiri
Chittoor district (14 seats): Thamballapalle, Pileru, Madanapalle, Punganur, Chandragiri, Tirupati, Srikalahasti, Satyavedu (SC), Nagari, Gangadhara Nellore (SC), Chittoor, Puthalapattu (SC), Palamaner, Kuppam