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‘Festival of democracy is here’: PM Modi tweets after EC announces poll dates

Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday that voting for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will start on 11 April. The seven-phase polls will culminate with the results on May 23.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 10, 2019 19:52 IST
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Voting for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will start on 11 April.(PTI)

Minutes after the Election Commission announced the dates for the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to come out and vote in large numbers.

“The festival of democracy, Elections are here. I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers,” PM Modi tweeted. (Follow live updates here)

Watch: Lok Sabha Election 2019 in seven phases from April 11, results on May 23

Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday that voting for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will start on 11 April. The seven-phase polls will culminate with the results on May 23.

In a series of tweets, Modi also praised the Election Commission for making India “very proud” by assiduously organising elections for several years.

The chief election commissioner said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday and 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014. Nearly 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.

In the first phase, 91 constituencies will to go for 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.

With the model code of conduct for elections coming into immediate effect, the government cannot announce any policy move that may impact voters’ decision.

Arora said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification.

First Published: Mar 10, 2019 18:27 IST