As soon as the Election Commission (EC) announced that it will hold a press conference on Sunday around 5pm, to announce the date of poll for general election 2019 across the nation, the whole nation sat before their Television to witness the dates. The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Sunil Arora, appeared before the cameras and disclosed the date of poll across the country, followed by the date of result declaration. The election will decide the new Member of Parliament (MP) on 543 Lok Sabha seats across the country. The election will be held in 7 phases and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been applied with immediate effect.
#LokSabhaElection2019: 1st phase polling to be held on 11th April, 2nd phase on 18th April, 3rd phase on 23rd April, 4th phase polling to be held on 29th April, 5th phase polling on 6th May, 6th phase polling on 12th May, 7th phase 12th May. Counting of all phases on 23rd May. pic.twitter.com/1IcW8KGg91
— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2019
— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2019
The Dates of Elections are as follows:
|Phase 1||11-Apr-19||20 States||91 Seats|
|Phase 2||18-Apr-19||13 States||97 Seats|
|Phase 3||23-Apr-19||14 States||115 Seats|
|Phase 4||29-Apr-19||9 States||71 Seats|
|Phase 5||6-May-19||7 States||51 Seats|
|Phase 6||12-May-19||7 States||59 Seats|
|Pahse 7||19-May-19||8 States||59 Seats|
The States & UTs exercising General Election 2019:
Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttarakhand
Andaman & Nicobar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Lakshwadeep and Pondicherry as UTs
Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Manipur, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Puducherry
Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu
Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal
Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal
Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal & Delhi-NCR
Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh & Himachal Pradesh
Arora addressed the media on EC’s preparation for the 17th Lok Sabha election in the country. “The election commission of India has attempted every comprehensive preparation for the conduct of election for the 17th Lok Sabha, which is free, fair, inclusive, ethical, participatory and also festive,” Arora asserted while addressing the media at the press conference.
“The panel held deliberations with several departments, including railways, to ensure smooth movement and facilitation during the conduct of polls,” added Arora. The CEC also said that all the factors like festivals, harvesting seasons as well as state board examination were contemplated before fixing the date of poll, to avoid any kind of inconvenience to the voters. He also said that EC started preparing for the electoral polling since a long time as it took time to hold several discussions with the states and Union Territories (UT) administration as well as Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) before locking the dates for the world’s biggest democratic exercise.
Arora said that around 17.4 lakh VVPATs (Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail) will be used with EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) along with display of candidates’ photo to avoid confusion over the political leaders in the fray.
Arora, while giving out the number of voters, disclosed that the total number of voters in the vicinity of 900 million or 90 crore which includes 15 million or 1.5 crore voters falling in the age group of 18-19 years. “This marks an increase of 84.3 million voters since 2014,” said Arora while disclosing the increase in the number of voters. He said that there will be 10 lakh polling booths in comparison to 9 lakh booth setup in 2014.