India will hold its sixth round of elections on Sunday, May 12, following several violent incidents during the fifth round on Monday, May 6. Polling for Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, will take place in constituencies in the states and territories of Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Delhi. Disruptions to commercial activity, government services, and transportation congestion are possible on Sunday and in the days leading up to the vote. A heightened security presence is expected near polling stations and near government and security force-related buildings. Clashes between rival political supporters cannot be ruled out.
Monday's vote was accompanied by violence in several locations, including small bombings and mob violence. Insurgents in Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir state) attacked two polling stations with bombs, though neither resulted in any injuries. Protesters also assaulted buses, injuring one driver and damaging 23 buses, and set three buildings on fire. Small homemade bombs were also used in clashes between rival political supporters in West Bengal. Further violence, particularly in West Bengal between political groups, cannot be ruled out in the coming days.
India is holding general elections for Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, from April 11 to May 19. An estimated 900 million Indians are eligible to vote for 543 seats in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12, and May 19. Votes will be tallied and announced on May 23.
Individuals in India are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence and associated business, government, and transportation disruptions, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media.
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