With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections inching closer, the Election Commission announced the dates for the elections today. The dates were announced at a Press Conference today. The press conference was held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
The Election Commission today announced that the Lok Sabha election will be held in 7 phases. CEC Sunil Arora said that the Model Code of Conduct has come into force as it announced the dates for the elections to 17th Lok Sabha. The elections will start on April 11 and continue till May 19. The counting will be held on May 23.
Here’s the complete schedule:
Polling date: April 11
No. of States: 20
Polling date: April 18
No. of States: 13
Polling date: April 23
No. of States: 14
Polling date: April 29
No. of States: 9
Polling date: May 6
No. of States: 7
Polling date: May 12
No. of States: 7
Polling date: May 19
No. of States: 8
Polling in single phase: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshwadeweep, Delhi, Pomdicherry, Chandigarh.
Polling in 2 phases: Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura
Polling in 3 Phases: Assam, Chattisgarh
Polling in 4 Phases: Jharkhand,Madya Pradesh , Odisha, Maharashtra
Polling in 5 Phases: J&K
Polling in 7 Phases: Bihar, UP, West Bengal
Key Highlights from Chief Election Commissioner’s speech:
- The Chief Election Commissioner said that the Commission started preparing for elections for quite some time. The Commission started organising meetings with election commissioners of states and UTs. Several rounds of discussions were held with MHA and several other departments like railways for smooth conduct of elections.
- “The panel held deliberations with several departments, including railways, to ensure smooth movement and facilitation during the conduct of polls,” the CEC said.
- Speaking about the number of voters, the CEC Sunil Arora said that the total electorate will be in the vicinity of 900 million or 90 crore of which 15 million or 1.5 crore are in the age group of 18-19 years.
- Emphasising on the purity of electoral rolls as the foundation of fair elections, the CEC said that the process of
updationof electoral rolls will continue till the last date of filing of nomination.
- Approximately 10 lakh polling stations in 2019, compared to 9 lakh in 2014.
- Photo voter slip shall be used for guidance but not as proof of identity at polling stations
- 17.4 lakh VVPATs will be used with EVMs at all polling stations.
- The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner.
- Usage of loud speakers is prohibited between 10pm-6am in order to curb noise pollution.