2019 Lok Sabha: Polling Begins on 11 April, Counting on 23 May

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on 3 June.  

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The Lok Sabha election results will be announced on 23 May, with the polling happening in seven phases.
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Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases beginning 11 April, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday, 10 March. The results will be announced on 23 May.

Soon after the announcement of the dates, PM Modi took to Twitter, saying, "The Festival of democracy, Elections are here."

Here is the full election schedule:

Snapshot
  • Phase 1: 11 April 2019
  • Phase 2: 18 April 2019
  • Phase 3: 23 April 2019
  • Phase 4: 29 April 2019
  • Phase 5: 6 May 2019
  • Phase 6: 12 May 2019
  • Phase 7: 19 May 2019
  • Date of Counting: 23 May 2019

Elections in four states – Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha – will be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.

Voting in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will take place in one phase on 11 April and in four phases in Odisha on 11, 18, 23 and 29 April.

2019 Lok Sabha: Polling Begins on 11 April, Counting on 23 May
(Photo: Shruti Mathur/The Quint)

The states of Bihar, UP and West Bengal will go to polls in seven phases. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir will vote in five phases.

With the election dates being announced, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force.

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11:31 AM, 08 Mar

Election Commission to Announce Poll Dates Soon

The Election Commission will soon announce its schedule for the Lok Sabha elections, which is likely to be spread over seven to eight phases in April-May, sources said.

Sources said the poll panel is in its final stages of completing its logistical preparations to conduct elections for the 17th Lok Sabha, and a detailed polling schedule could be announced this weekend or by early next week.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on 3 June.

The announcement of dates for the elections, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his bid to return to power amid hectic parleys by several political parties to put a united fight against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, will be followed by a meeting of election observers next week for the first and second phase of polling.

12:39 PM, 08 Mar

Election Dates in 2014

In 2014, the Election Commission had announced the election schedule on 5 March and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.

While the first phase of polling was on 7 April, the last phase was on 12 May.

5:35 AM, 10 Mar

EC to Hold Press Conference at 5 pm, Likely to Announce Election Dates

The Election Commission will hold a press conference at 5 pm Sunday, 10 March, at the Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi, PIB India confirmed. The EC is expected to declare the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Notification for the first phase of polling could be issued by the end of March for voting some time in early April, sources told PTI.

There is a strong possibility that the EC may go by the precedent and hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls.

Since the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been dissolved, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period, which will end in May. While there is a view that the J&K Assembly elections can be held along with the Lok Sabha polls, a lot depends on the complex security situation in the state.

As soon as the elections are announced, the model code of conduct will come into force.

11:26 AM, 10 Mar
KEY EVENT

Cong Calls EC's Scheduled Announcement of Poll Dates "Modi's Vidai Parv"

The Congress on Sunday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hours before the EC's scheduled announcement of dates for the Lok Sabha polls, saying it was the first day of his "vidai parv" (farewell festival).

"It's first day of vidai parv of Modi ji. Voters are ready," said AICC spokesperson Pawan Khera.

“The farmers, unemployed youth, small traders – they all were waiting for this day. Don’t know why Modi ji delayed this, (maybe) to cut the ribbons for projects that started under the Congress regime.”
Pawan Khera, as quoted by PTI

Published: 10 Mar 2019, 11:03 AM IST
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