Elections 2019 to be held in 7 Phases from April 11; Counting on May 23

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NF Bureau:  Model Code of Conduct has come into effect from today with the announcement of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 by the Election Commission (EC) of India Sunil Arora. The EC has called upon all parties to strictly adhere to the same.

The Election Commission today announced that the Lok Sabha election will be held in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19.

While the last date for filing of nomination is March 25, polling will be held on  April 11 whereas counting and result declaration are scheduled to be held on May 23.

Key Points:

  • VVPATs to be used in all polling stations this time
  • Candidates’ photograph will be on EVMs this time
  • 10 lakhs polling stations to be set up for Lok Sabha polls against nine lakhs in 2014
  • Ban on Loudspeakers from 10 PM till 6 AM
  • NOTA available
  • Social Media platforms will carry out verification of political advertisers
  • Mandatory for Candidates to give social media details
  • 90 Cr people eligible to vote
  • 1.5 Cr new voters in 18-19 age group
  • Total new voters – 8.4 Crore
  • Voter Helpline Number – 1950
  • Central police forces to be deployed in large numbers

The General Elections 2019 will be a 7 phase affair:

    • 1st Phase -11th April (91 Seats in 20 States)
    • 2nd Phase -18th April (97 Seats in 13 States)
    • 3rd Phase – 23rd April (115 Seats in 14 States)
    • 4th Phase – 29th April (71 Seats in 9 States)
    • 5th Phase – 6th May (51 Seats in 7 States)
    • 6th Phase – 12th May (59 Seats in 7 States)
    • 7th May – 19th May (59 Seats in 8 States)
  • 22 States to have Single-Phase Polling
  • Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Trupura to go to polls in 2 Phases
  • Assam, Chhattisgarh to go to Polls in 3 Phases
  • Jharkhand, MP, Maharashtra, Odisha to go to Polls in 4 Phases
  • Jammu and Kashmir to have 5-Phases
  • Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal to go for polling in 7-Phases

Assembly elections will be held simultaneously in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Election Commission has announced a four-phase election schedule for Odisha. Polls will be held in the State on April 11 (4 Seats), April 18 (5 Seats), April 23 (6 Seats) and April 29 (6 Seats). Assembly elections will be held on the same dates in the State.

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