The Election Commission of India on Sunday evening announced dates for Lok Sabha Elections 2019, which would commence from April 11 to May 19, with the counting of votes on May 23. Voting for the Lok Sabha Elections will take place in seven phases across the country to decide on the 543 names which will go to the Lower House of the Parliament.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced that the Model Code of Conduct has come into place starting March 10.
This time, more than 900 million people above the age of 18 are expected to cast their ballots at a million polling stations. Of the total electorate, 15 million will be in the age group of 18 to 19 years.
In Phase II of the voting for the 17th Lok Sabha, elections will take place in 97 Lok Sabha constituencies across 13 states. Voting for this phase will take place on April 18. While, like all the other phases, counting will take place in May 23.
Important dates to remember for Phase II
|Notification to be issued on||March 19|
|Last date for filing nomination||March 26|
|Scrutiny of nomination||March 27|
|Last date for withdrawal of nomination||March 29|
|Date of elections for Phase II||April 18|
|Date of Result||May 23|
List of States And Constituencies to vote on April 18 in Phase II
|State (No. of seats voting in this phase)||Constituencies|
Karimganj, Silchar, autonomous district, Mangaldoi, Nawgong
Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Banka
Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Kanker
|Jammu And Kashmir (2)||Srinagar, Udhampur|
Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkballapur, Kolar
Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur
|Manipur (1)||Inner Manipur|
Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Aska
|Tamil Nadu (39)||
Thiruvallur, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Arani, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Dindigul, Karur, Tiruchirappalli, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuturai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari
|Tripura (1)||Tripura East|
|Uttar Pradesh (8)||
Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri
|West Bengal (3)||Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj|
Along with Lok Sabha Elections, voting will also take place for the second phase of Odisha Assembly Elections 2019. The turnout in the last general election in 2014 was more than 66%, up from 45% in 1951 when the first election was held.
With 900 million eligible voters, India’s election will be the largest the world has seen. PM Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP will be battling the main opposition Congress and a host of regional parties.