The Election Commission of India is set to announce the Lok Sabha election schedule at 5 pm today. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora will announce the dates at a press conference at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, bringing the Model Code of Conduct into force thereafter.
What happens after the Election Commission announces poll dates?
Lok Sabha Election 2019 Dates, Schedule LIVE News Updates:
Bypolls to be held simultaneously: CEC
Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will be held with Lok Sabha polls, the poll panel head announced.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Best wishes to the Election Commission, all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections. India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years.”
States to vote in third and fourth phases
While polling in Assam and Chhattisgarh will be held in the third phase, elections in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha will be held in the fourth phase.
States to vote in first phase
“Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, New Delhi, Pondicherry and Chandigarh will go for a single phase,” Arora said.
Lok Sabha Polls:
– Phase1 in 91 constituencies in 20 states,
– Phase 2 in 97 constituencies in 13 states,
– Phase 3 in 115 constituencies in 14 states,
– Phase 4 in 71 constituencies in 9 states,
– Phase 5 in 51 constituencies in 7 states,
– Phase 6 in 59 constituencies in 7 states,
– Phase 7 in 59 constituencies in 8 states
Date of Polls:
- Phase 1 – April 11
- Phase 2 – April 18
- Phase 3 – April 23
- Phase 4 – April 29
- Phase 5 – May 6
- Phase 6 – May 12
- Phase 7 – May 19
- Date of Counting – May 23, 2019
Election to be held in seven phases. Last date of nomination is March 25. First phase April 11, second phase on April 18, third phase on April 23, fourth phase on April 29, fifth phase on May 6, sixth phase on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. Election results will be announced on May 23.
Model code of conduct comes into effect from today, says CEC
Election to be held in seven phases.
1950 will be the new voter helpline number. Photo voter slip to be distributed to all registered voters at least 5 days before polling. Due to complaints regarding security of EVMs, last mile transportation of these machines will be tracked through GPS now: CEC Sunil Arora
VVPATs to be used in all polling stations this time: CEC. As many as 84 million new voters to cast vote. A total of 90 crore voters to exercise their franchise.
“We had a discussion with the chief ministers of states and all the Union Territories. We also held talks with several key departments to ensure smooth conduction of polls,” says CEC Sunil Arora.
84.3 million new voters since 2014, 15 million voters in the age of 18 and 19: CEC
Examination schedule has been kept in mind to avoid inconvenience to students: CEC Sunil Arora.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora addresses the press conference. He is joined by Election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa.