PM Manmohan Singh, on Friday, had told reporters that he would plan his post-LS polls future later and still had five more months left. But, the tentative poll schedule gives him roughly a two-month window to deliver as the model code of conduct will come into force once the election dates are announced.
In these two months, the government will have to pass a law to carve out Telangana state and demonstrate its commitment to fight corruption. Laws to protect whistleblowers, guarantee redress of grievances and improve governance standards are pending in Parliament and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had termed them essential to fight corruption along with Lokpal Bill.
As compared to past elections, the 2014 is set to be different with voters having online and call center facility to check their name on the electoral rolls. Unlike previous elections, a commission official will deliver an electoral slip having names of voters in a family to every household in the country. The commission is also expected to revise the process of filing nomination papers and strengthen its electoral expenditure monitoring mechanism.
In 2009, the general elections were held in five phases starting on April 16 and ending on May 13. The votes for 543 Lok Sabha seats were counted on May 16 and the UPA-2 formed the government on May 22.