Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday and 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014.
Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said the ‘voter verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time. The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. Counting of votes for all seven phases would be done on May 23, Arora said. Among other things, the model code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that may impact voters’ decision. Arora said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification.
Salient features of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections:
The election will be in seven phases
Social media plays a role
Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter can take any action against any candidate if the complaint is verified by CEC.Candidates are required to furnish details of their social media accounts.
1950 is the helpline number
1950 is the election helpline number to check your name and election-related information: CEC
15 million young voters
Total electorate in this Lok Sabha election will be 900 million, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age groups.
Know your rights: CEC
In order to curb noise pollution, usage of loud speakers is prohibited between 10pm-6am: CEC
More environment friendly vote this time
Have asked political parties to desist from using environmentally hazardous material during poll campaign: CEC
New app for citizens to complain during the elections
There is a mobile app for citizens where they can record any violation of code of conduct and send it to Election Commission. The action will be taken in 100 minutes: CEC
Model Code of Conduct starts from today
Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from today itself in the entire country: CEC
Aware more and more voters
The panel has specified elaborate SoPs for EVMs and VVPATs(Voter verifiable paper audit trail). The aim to familiarize as many voters as possible with EVMs and VVPATs.
Mandatory use of VVPATs
VVPATs will be used with EVMs at all polling stations. 17.4 lakh VVPATs are needed for conducting Lok Sabha Elections 2019
10 lakh polling station this year
Approximately 10 lakh polling station in 2019. In 2014, it was around 9 lakhs.
Photo voter slip for guidance
Voter guide has been prepared for people carrying all relevant information. Photo voter slip shall be used for guidance but not as proof of identity at polling stations, says Sunil Arora
84.3 million voters increased this time
There is an increase of 84.3 million as compared to 814.5 million electorate in 2014: Sunil Arora
900 million electorate size in 2019 general election: CEC
Around 900 million electorate size in 2019 general election, The process of updation of electoral rolls will continue till last date of filing of nomination, says CEC
Our aim to hold free and fair election: CEC
Our aim is to hold free and fair election: Sunil Arora
We visited 7 states and UTs to assess poll preparedness: Sunil Arora
“We visited 7 states and UTs to assess poll preparedness. This includes interactions with political parties, Chief Electoral Officer, police officials among others”: CEC Sunil Arora
EC starts press conference
EC starts press conference. Poll dates will be announced shorty
EC likely to announce the dates of four Assembly Elections today
EC may go by the precedent and hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls.
In 2014, the EC had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.
Over 500 million people voted in Lok Sabha Elections 2014
More than 830 million Indians were eligible to vote in the last general election in 2014, more than three times the voting-age population of the United States in 2017.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, “No simultaneous polls to be held in Jammu and Kashmir. The commission has been assessing the prevailing situation in the state. Requirement of central forces and other logistics and preparedness of the state for the election on key factors, including recent developments. Based on inputs and recommendations of stakeholders… requirement of security forces in wake of recent developments… the Commission has decided to announce only schedule of Parliament elections… decision to be taken soon. Commission has also decided for more effective monitoring to appoint three special observers for Jammu and Kashmir.