New Delhi,10/03/19:The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday @ 5 PM in a press meet at Vigyan Bhaban ,New Delhi.
Calling the Indian parliamentary battle the “largest festival of democracy”, he said that 91 constituencies (spread across 20 states) will see polling on April 11, 97 constituencies (13 states) on April 18, 115 (14) on April 23, 71 (9) on April 29, 51 (7) on May 6, 59 (also 7) on May 12 and 59 constituencies (8 states) on May 19.
The staggered election will see about 900 million voters, up from 814.5 million in 2014, when Narendra Modi led the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to power ending a decade of Congress-headed UPA rule.
Of this, some 15 million will be first-time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years.
Approximately 10 lakh polling stations, one lakh more than in 2014, will be set up and a total of 17.4 lakh VVPATs will be used with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all polling stations, Arora told a crowded press conference.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha Surendra Kumar today informed that the State will go to simultaneous polls in four phases starting April 11, 2019. The next three phases of elections will be conducted on April 18, 23 and 29.
Addressing a press here in Bhubaneswar today, the CEO said that elections will be conducted in a total of four and five Lok Sabha seats of Odisha in the first phase and second phase respectively, while elections for six Lok Sabha seats each will be conducted in the third and fourth phase.
While the first phase polls to Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in constituencies of Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput will be held on April 11, the second phase elections will be held in Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska constituencies on April 18.
Similarly, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituencies will see the third phase elections on April 23, the last phase polls will be held in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur constituencies on April 29.
Currently ruled by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Odisha has 147 assembly constituencies. The term for Odisha Assembly will end on June 11. The BJD, BJP and Congress are the main contestants in the state.
Soon after the announcement of election schedules, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “I welcome Election Commission of India’s announcement for elections to #Odisha Assembly & Lok Sabha to be held on 11, 18, 23 & 29 April. Pleased to pledge wholehearted support for the electoral process that is the foundation of our democracy.”
PHASE 1- Lok Sabha Election 2019: key dates
Issue of gazette notification: 18th March
Last day of nomination: 25th March
Date for scrutiny of nomination: 26th March
Last date of withdrawal: 28th March
Date of Poll: 11th April
Issue of gazette notification: 19th March
Last day of nomination: 26th March
Date for scrutiny of nomination: 27th March
Last date of withdrawal: 29th March
Date of Poll: 18th April
Issue of gazette notification: 28th March
Last day of nomination: 4th April
Date for scrutiny of nomination: 5th April
Last date of withdrawal: 8th April
Date of Poll: 23rd April
Date of issue of gazette notification: April 2
Date of polls: April 29
Date of counting: May 23
Date of issue of gazette notification: April 10
Date of polls: May 6
Date of issue of gazette notification: April 16
Date of polls: May 12
Date of polls: May 19
With this announcement, model code of conduct comes into force from this evening, prohibiting political parties to announce any government schemes.
To check names in the electoral list, one can send SMS to 1950 for necessary information, Arora informed.