Lok Sabha 2019 polls will be held in 7 phases from April 11; counting on May 23
Lok Sabha 2019 polls will be held in 7 phases from April 11; counting on May 23

Lok Sabha polls to be held in 7 phases from April 11, counting on May 23

  • Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will be held with Lok Sabha polls
  • Model code of conduct (MCC) for parties kicks in right away across the country

Polling for the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections will begin from 11 April and end on 19 May. The polling will happen in seven phases and the counting will take place on 23 May, the Election Commission (EC) announced today. The model code of conduct (MCC) kicks in right away across the country and will be in effect till results are announced in May. The code is in place to ensure a level playing field for all the contesting candidates and political parties.

10 Mar 2019, 08:10:29 PM IST

National parties bank on regional allies to boost their Lok Sabha tally

With the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) banking on regional parties to stitch up their numbers beyond the Hindi heartland states, this election is turning out to be the biggest platform for alliance politics.

The resurgence of regional parties and rising instances of identity politics are also heralding an era of pre-poll alliances, forcing the non-BJP and non-Congress outfits to pick a side ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. (Read more)

10 Mar 2019, 08:02:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A look at state-wise polling dates

The Elections Commission has announced the schedule of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The elections will be held between April and May in seven phases, starting from April 11. The counting of votes will be on May 23. (Here is a look at state-wise polling dates)

10 Mar 2019, 06:33:13 PM IST

Model code of conduct comes in effect from today

Eletction Commission lays down guidelines for political parties and candidates to be followed during the poll schedule, while holding meetings, processions and conduct at polling booths.

10 Mar 2019, 06:25:55 PM IST

‘Festival of democracy is here’, tweets PM Modi after poll dates announcement

Soon after the election dates were announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put out a series of tweets welcoming the ‘festival of democracy’ and urging voters to support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for a second consecutive term.

10 Mar 2019, 06:18:06 PM IST

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim to be held with Lok Sabha polls

Elections to these four states - Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh - will follow the same schedule as corresponding parliamentary constituencies for relevant assembly segments, CEC Sunil Arora.

10 Mar 2019, 06:05:23 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2019 to be held in 7 phases

Phase 1 (April 11) - 91 constituencies states in 20 states to go to polls

Phase 2 (April 18) - 97 constituencies in 13 states

Phase 3 (April 23)- 115 constituencies in 14 states

Phase 4 (April 29)- 71 constituencies in 9 states

Phase 5 (May 6)- 51 constituencies in 7 states

Phase 6 (May 12)- 59 constituencies in 7 states

Phase 7 (May 19) - 59 constituencies in 8 states

10 Mar 2019, 05:58:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 7 (59 seats) - May 19

Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), MP (8), Punjab (13), West Bengal (9), Chandigarh (1), UP (13), Himachal (4); Total: 59

10 Mar 2019, 05:56:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 6 (59 seats) - May 12

Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand (4), MP (8), UP (14), West Bengal (8), Delhi-NCR (7); Total: 59

10 Mar 2019, 05:55:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 5 (71 seats) - May 6

Bihar (5), J&K (2), Jharkhand (4), MP (7), Rajasthan (12), UP (14), West Bengal (7); Total: 71

10 Mar 2019, 05:54:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 4 (71 seats) - April 29

Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand (3), MP (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (14), UP (13), West Bengal (8); Total: 71

10 Mar 2019, 05:53:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 3 (115 seats) - 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

10 Mar 2019, 05:50:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 2 - 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

10 Mar 2019, 05:48:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 1 - 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)

10 Mar 2019, 05:45:23 PM IST

States going to polls in two phases  

Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura

10 Mar 2019, 05:43:30 PM IST

Results of Lok Sabha 2019 elections will be announced on May 23

Counting will be on May 23

10 Mar 2019, 05:38:13 PM IST

Date of Lok Sabha polls

Phase one - 11 April

Phase two - 18 April

Phase three - 23 April

Phase four - 29 April

Phase five - 6 May

Phase six - 12 May

Phase seven - 19 May

Date of counting 23 May

10 Mar 2019, 05:32:23 PM IST

7 phases

The election will be in seven phases

10 Mar 2019, 05:29:48 PM IST

Social media plays a role

Socila media platforms like Facebook, Twitter can take any action against any candidate if the complaint is verified by CEC

10 Mar 2019, 05:28:25 PM IST

Social media to play a big role

Candidates are required to furnish details of their social media accounts: CEC

10 Mar 2019, 05:26:37 PM IST

1950 is the helpline number

1950 is the election helpline number to check your name and election-related information: CEC

10 Mar 2019, 05:25:58 PM IST

15 million young voters

Total electorate in this Lok Sabha elections will be 900 million, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.

10 Mar 2019, 05:24:41 PM IST

Know your rights: CEC

In order to curb noise pollution, usage of loud speakers is prohibited between 10pm-6am: CEC

10 Mar 2019, 05:23:49 PM IST

More environment friendly vote this time

Have asked political parties to desist from using environmentally hazardous material during poll campaign: CEC

10 Mar 2019, 05:22:34 PM IST

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

10 Mar 2019, 05:20:58 PM IST

Model Code of Conduct starts from today

Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from today itself in the entire country: CEC

10 Mar 2019, 05:20:03 PM IST

Aware more and more voters

The panel has specified elaborate SoPs for EVMs and VVPATs. The aim to familiarize as many voters as possible with EVMs and VVPATs.

10 Mar 2019, 05:16:58 PM IST

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 Mar 2019, 05:15:42 PM IST

10 lakh polling station this year

Approx 10 lakh polling station in 2019. In 2014, it was around 9 lakh

10 Mar 2019, 05:14:28 PM IST

Photo voter slip for guidence

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

10 Mar 2019, 05:12:50 PM IST

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

10 Mar 2019, 05:11:57 PM IST

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

10 Mar 2019, 05:10:03 PM IST

Our aim to hold free and fair election: CEC

Our aim is to hold free and fair election: Sunil Arora

10 Mar 2019, 05:08:48 PM IST

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

10 Mar 2019, 05:05:01 PM IST

EC starts press conference

EC starts press conference. Poll dates will be announced shorty

10 Mar 2019, 05:00:14 PM IST

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.

10 Mar 2019, 04:58:33 PM IST

Take a look at last two Lok Sabha elections

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

In 2009, the EC had announced Lok Sabha poll scheduled on March 2. The five-phase polls began on April 16 and ended on 13 May.

10 Mar 2019, 04:52:42 PM IST

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.

But only about 553 million Indians, or 66 percent of all eligible voters, came out to vote five years ago.

But inclusion of all the voters in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is a challenge for Election Commission. Here's why

10 Mar 2019, 04:49:03 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: 543 seats, over 800 million voters

The fight is for 543 of the 545 seats in India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha. The remaining two seats are reserved for the Anglo-Indian community, which traces part of its ancestry to Europeans who intermarried with Indians in the colonial era

10 Mar 2019, 04:42:56 PM IST

Battle of ballots

The entire voting procedure is conducted by Election Commission of India (ECI), an autonomous constitutional authority, with a staff of more than 300 full-time officials at its headquarters in New Delhi. The poll schedule for the the last three general elections was announced in the first week of March

10 Mar 2019, 04:42:56 PM IST

EC will start briefing soon

Vigyan Bhawan’s plenary hall readies for Election Commission’s briefing on the poll schedule announcement for Lok Sabh elections

10 Mar 2019, 04:30:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 likely to be held in 7-8 phases

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is likely to be spread over 7-8 phases in April-May, PTI reported.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on 3 June

10 Mar 2019, 04:23:40 PM IST

EC to set up over 10 lakh polling booths for Lok Sabha elections 2019

The Election Commission will set up a total of 10,35,932 polling booths across 4.36 lakh locations across India for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, reports said