With overseas electors in a separate category and multiple political parties competing with each other in wooing NRIs across the world, the significance of the upcoming Indian national election has transcended the nation's borders.
Gearing up for a busy two months, the Election Commission of India (EC) yesterday announced the schedule for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls 2019 in India. The poll panel also announced the Assembly election schedule for four states to be carried out simultaneously.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora made the announcement at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Polling will be held in seven phases starting April 11 and will conclude on May 19. Counting of votes will happen on May 23.
“Consequent on the announcement of the Schedule for the General Election, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for the Guidance of Political Parties and Candidates comes into operation with immediate effect from today itself in the entire country,” the ECI said in an official statement.
The CEC said that the total electorate would be around 900 million, up from 814.5 million in 2014. As many as 15 million voters belong to the 18-19 age bracket. 71,735 overseas electors have been enrolled in the current electoral rolls as well after Parliament amended the Representation of the People Act, 1950, allowing enrollment of Indian citizens living abroad.
There will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations, up from 9 lakh in 2014. Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) will be used with all Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at all polling stations, CEC Arora announced. Click here for a breakdown of the various dates each constituency goes to the polls.
Here are the dates various constituencies are going to the polls:
Phase 1: Voting on April 11
Andhra (25), Arunachal (2), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), J&K (2), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Tripura (1), UP (8), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (2), Andaman (1), Lakshadweep (1); Total (91)
Phase 2: Voting on April 18
Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), J&K (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), UP (8), West Bengal (3), Puducherry (1); Total: 97
Phase 3: Voting on April 23
Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Gujarat (7), Goa (2), J&K (1), Karnataka (14), Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha (6), UP (10), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1); Total: 115
Phase 4: Voting on April 29
Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand (3), MP (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (14), UP (13), West Bengal (8); Total: 71
Phase 5: Voting on May 6
Bihar (5), J&K (2), Jharkhand (4), MP (7), Rajasthan (12), UP (14), West Bengal (7); Total: 51
Phase 6: Voting on May 12
Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand (4), MP (8), UP (14), West Bengal (8), Delhi-NCR (7); Total: 59
Phase 7: Voting on May 19
Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), MP (8), Punjab (13), West Bengal (9), Chandigarh (1), UP (13), Himachal (4); Total: 59
Date of counting: May 23
Single phase: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Delhi, Puducherry, Chandigarh
Two phases: Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura
Three phases: Assam, Chhattisgarh
Four phases: Jharkhand, MP, Maharashtra, Odisha
Five phases: Jammu & Kashmir
Seven phases: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.