2019 Election schedule HIGHLIGHTS: Polling to begin on April 11, results on May 23

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Updated:Mar 11, 2019 6:35:08 pm

There will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in this Lok Sabha Elections as compared to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014. The total electorate in this Lok Sabha elections will be 900 million, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Schedule

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday announced the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. With this, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. “Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner,” the CEC said. The election will happen in 7 phases. Polling will begin on April 11 and results will be declared on May 23.

There will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in this Lok Sabha Elections as compared to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014. The total electorate in this Lok Sabha elections will be 900 million, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.

Last three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from 20 Apr to 10 May (4 phases), 16 April to 13 May (5 phases) and 7 April to 12 May (9 phases), respectively.

In these polls, 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 Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

 

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    19:15 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Ultimately back to We the people: Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet said: "Ultimately back to We the people - the real power of our democracy. Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. Time to seek answers on demonetisation, jobs, destruction of traders n destroying brotherhood amongst different communities."

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    18:46 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Our aim must be - the development of India: PM tells opposition

    After the announcement of the poll dates, Prime Minister Modi said: "Wishing all political parties and candidates the very best for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. We may belong to different parties but our aim must be the same- the development of India and empowerment of every Indian!" 

    18:33 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE | States that will go to polls in Phase-1

    Phase-1 polling in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, Delhi, Puducherry, Chandigarh, and Uttarakhand. 

    18:29 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    PM Modi reminds why people rejected Congress in 2014

    In 2014, the people comprehensively rejected the UPA. There was unprecedented anger over the UPA’s corruption, nepotism and policy paralysis. India’s self-confidence was at an all-time low and the people of India wanted to rid the nation of such decay and pessimism: Prime Minister Modi

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    18:22 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Festival of democracy, Elections are here: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with active participation. "I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first-time voters to vote in record numbers," he said. 

    18:17 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Dates LIVE: What CEC has to say on J&K assembly polls

    Based on input, the constraint of availability of central forces and other logistics requirement of forces for the security of candidates in wake of recent violence and keeping other challenges in mind the commission has decided at this stage to announce only schedule of Parliament election in J&K.

    18:13 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Dates LIVE: States that will go to polls in 2019

    Elections to Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha to be held simultaneously with the general elections to the Lok Sabha.

    17:52 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Polls 2019 LIVE: Phase-wise details of dates

    Phase-1:  91 constituencies in 20 statesPhase-2:  97 constituencies in 13 statesPhase-3:  115 constituencies in 14 statesPhase-4:  71 constituencies in 9 states Phase-5:  51 constituencies in 7 statesPhase-6:  59 constituencies in 7 states Phase-7:  59 constituencies in 8 states

    17:43 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Dates LIVE
    17:36 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Polls 2019 Dates LIVE

    Phase 1- 11 April

    Phase 2- 18 April

    Phase 3- 23 April

    Phase 4- 29 April

    Phase 5- 6 May

    Phase 6- 12 May

    Phase 7- 19 May

    Results- 23 May

    17:23 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from today: CEC

    The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner: CEC

    17:21 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Term of 16th Lok Sabha ends on 3rd of June: CEC

    Assessment meetings held with States and Union Territories through all of January, also interacted with political parties followed by presentations by CEO of State.

    17:15 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    VVPAT to be used at all polling stations: CEC

    900 million voters in 2019

    15 million voters are between the age of 18-19

    75,000 overseas voters

    10 lakh polling station compared to 9 lakh in 2014

    VVPAT to be used in all polling stations

    17:04 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Polls 2019 LIVE: CEC Sunil Arora begins briefing

    CEC Sunil Arora has begun the media briefing scheduled to announce the dates for the Lok Sabha polls. The Commission started preparing for this elections for quite some time. Several round of consultation were held with the Ministry of Home Affairs. The commission also held talks with several department including Railways for the movements of officials.

    16:51 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Polls Dates LIVE: EC officials leave for Vigyan Bhavan

    The officials of the commission have left for Vigyan Bhavan to announce the dates for the Lok Sabha elelctions. The EC is scheduled to announce the date at 5 pm.

    16:37 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    What happened in the last Lok Sabha elections in 2014

    The BJP under then Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi won 282 seats with 31.34 per cent vote share. The Congress was reduced to 44 from 206 seats in 2009. Its vote share had come to 19.52 per cent from 28 per cent five years ago. The third largest party was AIDNK which got 37 seats.

    16:30 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha Polls 2019: What former CEC has to say on election dates

    Ahead of the announcement of election dates, Former chief election commission Dr SY Quraishi in a tweet said: "There is much speculation about election dates. Last three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from 20 Apr to 10 May (4 phases), 16 April to 13 May (5 phases) and 7 April to 12 May (9 phases), respectively. The window available this time is still similar. But not much." 

    16:18 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Will Election Commission announce dates for J&K?

    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.

    The J-K assembly's six-year term was to end on March 16, 2021, but it got dissolved after a ruling coalition between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fell apart.

    16:05 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    BJP hopes to turn around fortunes in Chhattisgarh under new chief

    The BJP, which suffered a drubbing at the hands of the Congress in the Chhattisgarh elections last year, is hoping its new state unit chief Vikram Usendi will revive the party's fortunes in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

    While the BJP's tally in the 90-member Assembly plummeted to just 15 seats, it fared well in the Lok Sabha polls (2004, 2009 and 2014) held after the formation of Chhattisgarh, winning 10 out of 11 seats all the three times.

    15:57 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Election Commission directs political parties to stop using photos of defence personnel

    Election Commission of India has directed political parties to stop using photographs of defence personnel in their election campaign and political propaganda. The commission, which is expected to announce the schedule for Lok Sabha election any day, had earlier received representation from the ministry of defence. The commission has asked the top leadership of all the recognised political parties to ensure compliance of its order. Read full report here

    15:37 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    BJP has a direct fight with Cong in all seven LS seats in Delhi: Vijay Goel

    Union minister and senior BJP leader Vijay Goel on Sunday said his party had a direct fight with the Congress in the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and the AAP will bag the third place in the national capital in the upcoming general election.

    "People will vote to form a government at the Centre, so our fight in Delhi is with the Congress. Who will vote for Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP, which has no say in the formation of the next government in the country," Goel told PTI in an interview.

    15:29 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Congress first party to announce candidates for 2019 elections

    In a decision that surprised many political pundits, the first Congress list for Uttar Pradesh does not include Gandhi family scion Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s name among the 11 candidates. Though her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will contest the Lok Sabha election from her traditional Rae Bareli seat and her elder brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi Lok Sabha seat. Read full report here

    15:09 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    543 Lok Sabha constituencies, 10 lakh polling booths

    The required electronic voting machines and paper trail machines are in place to be deployed in nearly 10 lakh polling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies, according to news agency PTI.

    15:01 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Rajinikanth not to contest Tamil Nadu Assembly bypoll

    Top film star Rajinikanth on Sunday said he would not contest the bypoll expected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly, nearly a month after declaring that his target was only the Assembly election.

    While bypolls are expected to 21 Assembly constituencies in the state, Rajinikanth, when asked if he would fight the bypoll since he had declared the Assembly polls to be his only target, tersely said, "No."

    14:46 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    Election likely to be spread across 7 or 8 phases

    There is a high probability of the elections being spread across seven to eight phases this time, according to news agency PTI.

    Last three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from 20 Apr to 10 May (4 phases), 16 April to 13 May (5 phases) and 7 April to 12 May (9 phases), respectively.

    14:40 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    India gears up for the costliest Lok Sabha elections

    With stakes very high for all political parties in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the polls are expected to be the most expensive ever in terms of media and advertising spends, besides being the highly contested, as parties pull out all the stops. Read full report here

    14:32 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    BJD to reserve 33 pc seats for women in LS polls: Naveen Patnaik

    Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced that Biju Janata Dal (BJD) would reserve 33% seats for women in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

    Making the announcement at a convention in Kendrapara, the Biju Janata Dal president said the "historic step" would lead the way in empowering women in the country.

    Patnaik's announcement would also mean that the ruling BJD will issue tickets to women in at least seven of the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.

    14:24 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    First phase notification to be issued in March end

    Notification for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections could be issued by the end of March for voting sometime in early April, news agency PTI reported.

    14:24 (IST)10 Mar 2019
    First phase notification to be issued in March end

    Notification for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections could be issued by the end of March for voting sometime in early April, news agency PTI reported.