General Election 2019 Date, Full Schedule: The date is set. May 23 is the judgement day when India will deliver its verdict on Narendra Modi government.
After seven phases of Lok Sabha elections from April 11 to May 19, the counting of votes won May 23 will decide the results of the general election 2019, covering 543 constituencies.
Moreover, elections will be held concurrently in the assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. It is to be noted that the results for assembly elections such as Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will also be declared on May 23 along with the Lok Sabha election result.
The Election Commission had declared the Lok Sabha election dates on March 10, while implementing the Model Code of Conduct. The major parties in the fray are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, BJD, TDS, TRS, SP and BSP, among others.
Here is an extensive report on all key information on Lok Sabha election 2019 including poll dates and election schedule –
Lok Sabha election – Magic number seven
In the first phase on April 11, 91 constituencies will go for votes, 97 constituencies in the second phase on April 18, 115 constituencies in the third on April 23, 71 in fourth phase in April 29, 51 in fifth phase on May 06, 59 in sixth on May 12 and 59 in the seventh phase on May 19. There are approximately 900 million electors as compared to 814.5 million in 2014 general elections, a sharp increase of more than 84 million electors.
Lok Sabha election – First-time voters
It is worthy of note that over 15 million electors are in age bracket of 18-19 years. The Election Commission also allowed enrollment of transgender people with gender specified as ‘Others’ in the electoral rolls since 2012. The total number of electors enrolled as ‘Others’ gender is stated as 38,325.
Lok Sabha election – Poll schedule
Andaman & Nicobar Islands | April 11
Andhra Pradesh | April 11
Bihar | April 11, 18, 23, 29. May 6, 12 and 19
Chhattisgarh | April 11, 18 and 23
Dadra & Nagar Haveli | April 23
Goa | April 23
Haryana | May 12
Himachal Pradesh | May 19
Jammu and Kashmir | April 11, 18, 23, 29. May 6
Jharkhand | April 29. May 6, 12 and 19
Karnataka | April 18 and 23
Kerala | April 23
Madhya Pradesh | April 29, May 6, 12 and 19
Maharashtra | April 11, 18, 23 and 29
Odisha | April 11, 18, 23 and 29
Punjab | May 19
Rajasthan | April 29 and May 6
Telangana | April 11
Uttar Pradesh | April 11, 18, 23, 29. May 6, 12 and 19
Uttarakhand | April 11
West Bengal | April 11, 18, 23, 29. May 6, 12 and 19
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In the first phase, 91 constituencies will go to polls, 97 constituencies in the second phase, 115 constituencies in the third, 71 in fourth phase, 51 in fifth phase, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase. The total electorate in the country as per finally published E-rolls is approximately 900 million compared to 814.5 million in 2014. This marks an increase of more than 84 million electors.
Over 15 million electors are in 18-19 years age group. The Commission allowed enrollment of transgender persons with gender written as ‘Others’ in the electoral rolls since 2012. The number of electors enrolled as ‘Others’ gender is 38,325. There are 16,77,386 service electors in the electoral rolls.
Presently there are approximately 10,35,918 Polling Stations in the country as compared to approximately 9,28,000 Polling Stations set up during Lok Sabha election, 2014. This marks an increase of nearly 10.1% Polling Stations.
This time, the commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every polling station. The decision was taken to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process.