On March 10, The Election Commission announced the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Nearly 90 crore voters will be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. The elections will begin on April 11 and will end on May 19. The final results will be declared on May 23. However, Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, made it clear that no assembly polls will be held in J&K considering the recent incidents.
There would be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in 2019, compared to 9 lakh in 2014. The election commission also emphasized that the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on March 10. The polls will be held in seven phases. Here is a quick look at the dates:
Single phase Lok Sabha polls will be held in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, Delhi, Puducherry and Chandigarh. As per the rules of elections, photo voter slip shall be used for guidance but not as proof of identity at polling stations.
With assembly elections currently withheld in Jammu and Kashmir, only Lok Sabha elections would be held. The election commission also mentioned that a three-member panel of observers will be appointed to assess the security situation for holding assembly election later.