India's Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora speaks during a press conference in New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 10, 2019. India's Election Commission has announced that the upcoming national election will be held in seven phases in April and May as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks a second term. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)(AP)
India's Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora speaks during a press conference in New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 10, 2019. India's Election Commission has announced that the upcoming national election will be held in seven phases in April and May as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks a second term. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)(AP)

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule Highlights | Tried to cover left-wing extremism affected areas at one go, says EC

The Election Commission announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls at 5pm today setting in motion the biggest democratic exercise in the world involving nearly 90 crore voters.The elections will be held for 543 seats of the Lok Sabha on approximately 10 lakh polling booths. The tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3. The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases. 

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By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 06:21 PM IST
6:42 pm IST

Number of seats and date of polls

6:38 pm IST

Urge people to participate in the festival of democracy: Biplab Kumar Deb

General #Elections 2019 have been declared! Best wishes to Election Commission for smooth conducting of elections. Elections to be conducted in #Tripura in 2 phases- 11 & 18 April. Urge my fellow citizens of Tripura to wholeheartedly participate in the festival of democracy: Biplab Kumar Deb, Tripura CM

6:32 pm IST

Candidates asked to desist from using environmentally hazardous publicity material: CEC

Commission has also directed political parties/candidates to desist from using environmentally hazardous publicity material and promote usage of eco friendly substances for preparation of election campaign material, this is a kind of appeal to everybody: CEC

6:28 pm IST

EVMs used in this country for over two decades: CEC

EVMs used in this country for over two decades: CEC when questioned on doubts raised by Opposition leaders about the functioning of EVMs.

6:20 pm IST

Tried to cover left-wing extremism affected areas at one go: CEC

We have tried to cover left-wing extremism affected areas of various states at one go. Once the left-wing affected states get covered which require much more force, then those forces can move to other areas: CEC

6:18 pm IST

Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India: Kejriwal

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: Arvind Kejriwal

6:16 pm IST

India’s 130 crore people deserve a better govt: Mayawati

Anti-poor & pro-capitalist Modi govt functioning disturbed peace & tranquillity, causing unrest & anger among masses. India’s 130 crore peace loving people certainly deserve a better govt. Hence new govt must honour constitution, respect democratic values & care sarvasamaj: Mayawati

6:14 pm IST

Call upon the people of India to turn out in record numbers: Amit Shah

We welcome the declaration of elections for the 17th Lok Sabha. I call upon the people of India to turnout in record numbers and enhance the vibrancy of India’s electoral process: Amit Shah

6:12 pm IST

Hope elections are conducted in a level playing field: Kumaraswamy

India is set for another election. In this battle of democracy, I hope elections are conducted in a level playing field. All parties and candidates must follow the guidelines issued by the ECI and uphold the values of democracy, and respect the decision of the voters: Kumaraswamy

6:10 pm IST

First time since 1996, assembly polls in J&K are not being held on time: Omar Abdullah

“First time since 1996 Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time. Remember this the next time you are praising PM Modi for his strong leadership. What happened to @rajnathsingh’s assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?” tweets Omar Abdullah.

6:04 pm IST

Festival of democracy here: PM Modi

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: Narendra Modi tweets

6:00 pm IST

High-powered committee looking into complaints regarding EVMs: CEC

High-powered committee looking into complaints regarding EVMs. We are waiting for the report. All bypolls to be held simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls: CEC

5:57 pm IST

Simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls in 4 states

Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh to have simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

5:54 pm IST

No assembly elections in J-K

EC recently visited J-K, met political parties and govt officials. Due to constraints in number of security forces and recent violent incidents in J-K, there will be no elections in the state. Three special observers for J-K: CEC

5:48 pm IST

Seven-phase polls in three states

Bihar,

Uttar Pradesh,

West Bengal

5:48 pm IST

Five-phase poll in J&K

Five-phase poll in J-K, no state to have six-phase polls

5:46 pm IST

Four-phase polls in four states

Jharkhand

Madhya Pradesh

Maharashtra

Odisha

5:44 pm IST

Three-phase polls in two states

Assam

Chhattisgarh

5:42 pm IST

Two-phase polls in four states

Karnataka

Manipur

Rajasthan

Tripura

5:40 pm IST

Single phase elections in 22 states and UTs

Andhra

Arunachal

Goa

Gujarat

Haryana

Himachal

Kerala

MEghalaya

Mizoram

Nagaland

Punjab

Sikkim

Telangana

Tamil Nadu

Uttarakhand

Andaman and Nicobar

Dadra and Nagar

Daman and Diu

Lakshadweep

Delhi

Pondicherry

Chandigarh

5:35 pm IST

Dates of polling and number of seats

April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19 are the other dates of polling. 91 seats in Phase I in 20 states, 97 seats Phase II in 13 states, 115 seats in Phase III in 14 states, 71 seats in Phase IV in 9 states, 51 seats in Phase V in 7 states, 59 seats in Phase VI in 7 seats, 59 seats in Phase VII in 8 states.

5:30 pm IST

Elections to be held in seven phases

Elections to be held in seven phases. April 11 voting, May 23 counting: EC

5:28 pm IST

IT giants have promised action against hate speech: CEC

IT giants such as Google and Facebook have promised action against hate speech: CEC

5:26 pm IST

All political ads on social media will require pre-certification: CEC

Measures being taken to reach out to voters in the remotest of corners in the country using community radio, folk arts. Candidates asked to declare social media accounts. All political ads on social media will require pre-certification: CEC

5:24 pm IST

Citizen app will help public reach out to us: CEC

Special observers will be sent to sensitive states. Stringent monitoring of all events on poll days using information technology. cVIGIL, a citizen app, will help public reach out to Election Commission on any malpractices: CEC

5:22 pm IST

Committed to protecting whistleblowers’ identities: CEC

If we seize unaccounted cash, we put it out in local newspapers for information. This protects the identity of whistleblowers: CEC

5:20 pm IST

Faces of candidates on EVMs: CEC

Faces of candidates on EVMs. Central police forces to be deployed in large numbers. CEC refuses to disclose exact number.

5:17 pm IST

VVPAT, paper trail in all polling stations: CEC

VVPAT, paper trail in all polling stations. Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner: CEC

5:14 pm IST

10 lakh polling stations, increase of 10%: CEC

Photo of candidate to make sure the voter has clarity. 10 lakh polling stations, increase of 10%: CEC

5:12 pm IST

84.3 million first-time voters: CEC

We held discussions with the home ministry. Officials have been slogging for months to ensure credible elections. Total electorate 900 million, 84.3 million voter increase. 15 million between age of 18 and 19: CEC Sunil Arora

5:10 pm IST

We try for participatory elections: CEC Sunil Arora

Exams, festivals, harvest, weather factored in for deciding poll dates. We are trying for participatory elections. We also looked into examination schedules and festivals before deciding on the poll schedule: CEC Sunil Arora

5:08 pm IST

Indian elections a beacon light for all emerging democracies: CEC Sunil Arora

CEC Sunil Arora says Indian elections a beacon light for all emerging democracies. The poll panel held deliberations will several departments including railways to ensure a smooth process. A team of the Election Commission visited different states and union territories, he says.

5:05 pm IST

Held deliberations with stakeholders: CEC

We started with organising a meeting with all chief electoral officers of states, video conferencing with officials, and deliberations with police and railways. We also held deliberations with education officials to know the situation in schools: Sunil Arora, chief election comissioner

5:00 pm IST

EC begins press conference

Sunil Arora, chief election comissioner, begins press conference to announce Lok Sabha poll schedule.

4:50 pm IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: All you need to know about Madhya Pradesh ahead of polls 2019

The Congress party got a major boost ahead of the Lok Sabha 2019 election in the Hindi heartland state of Madhya Pradesh as it wrested power from the BJP after 15 years by winning the assembly polls held last year.

The BJP had swept the national polls in Madhya Pradesh in 2014 and won 27 out of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in the central state. The grand old party had won only two seats that year – chief minister Kamal Nath from Chhindwara and Jyotiraditya Scindia from Guna. In 2015, Kantilal Bhuria won the Jhabua-Ratlam by-election following the death of Dileep Singh Bhuria.

4:40 pm IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Numbers, names and issues in Odisha

The Lok Sabha election 2019 and assembly polls are likely to be held simultaneously in the coastal eastern state of Odisha, where the ruling BJD has held the fort for nearly two decades now.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been working towards getting a foothold in Odisha, identified as one of the priority states ahead of the polls, and prepared a blueprint with the twin objective of strengthening the organisation and gaining mass support in the state.

4:35 pm IST

Model code of conduct will immediately come into effect once election schedule is announced

When the election schedule is announced on Sunday evening, the model code of conduct will immediately come into effect.

Also Read| Lok Sabha election 2019: Model code of conduct: What it means, how it is enforced

4:30 pm IST

‘Don’t use photographs of defence personnel for election campaigns,’ EC tells political parties

The Election Commission on Saturday directed political parties to desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel in advertisements or otherwise as part of their election propaganda or campaigning.

The direction came after a complaint by the ministry of defence.

4:27 pm IST

Lok Sabha elections are expected to be held in seven to nine phases

Lok Sabha elections are expected to be held in seven to nine phases.

4:25 pm IST

Tenure of current Lok Sabha ends on June 3

Tenure of current Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

4:24 pm IST

EC has allotted common symbols to 39 registered un-recognised political parties for general elections

Election Commission of India has allotted common symbols to 39 registered un-recognised political parties for coming general elections, reports news agency ANI.

4:22 pm IST

Elections will be held for 543 seats of Lok Sabha

The elections will be held for 543 seats of the Lok Sabha on approximately 10 lakh polling booths across the country.

4:17 pm IST

Dates for Lok Sabha elections to be announced by poll panel at 5 pm today

Dates for Lok Sabha elections to be announced by poll panel at 5 pm today.

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