Kolkata: The Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal will be held in five phases beginning April 17, the Election Commission announced Wednesday. The last round of voting will be held May 12.
In the first phase, four constituencies - Cooch Behar, Alipurduars, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, all in north Bengal - will go to the polls April 17.
The notification for the polls will be issued March 19 while the last date for filing nominations is March 26. The nominations will be scrutinised March 27, with March 29 the last date for withdrawal of candidature.
In the second phase, six constituencies - Raiganj (North Dinjapur), Balurghat (South Dinjapur), Maldaha Uttar and Maldaha Dakshin (Malda), Jangipur and Murshidabad (Murshidabad) - will go to the polls April 24.
The notification for the polls will be issued March 29 while the last date for filing nominations is April 5. The nominations will be scrutinised April 7 with April 9 the last date for withdrawal of candidature.
Nine constituencies - Howrah, Uluberia (Howrah), Srerampur, Hooghly, Arambagh (Hooghly), Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur (Burdwan), Bolpur, Birbhum (Birbhum) - will go to the polls in the third phase April 30.