Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Poll dates likely to be announced today

by Garry Watts March 11, 2019, 0:43
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Poll dates likely to be announced today

There will be approximately 10 lakh polling booths, compared to nine lakh polling booths during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, said Arora.

There is a strong possibility that the EC may go by the precedent and hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls.

Almost 90 crore voters will be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.

Since the last phase of polling will take place only on May 19, there is no scope for announcing even the exit poll results.

While the first phase polling was on April 7, the last phase was on May 12.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and accused him of "surrendering" to Pakistan and militants to prevent the announcement of dates of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

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

In 2004, the Commission had announced four-phase Lok Sabha polls on February 29. Contrary to expectations, no elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been without an elected government since June a year ago when BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP. The Commission has chose to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every polling station of all the States and Union Territories to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process as VVPAT allows the voter to verify his / her vote.

"In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I'm retweeting my tweets from a few days ago".

On Friday, party president Amit Shah met Sudesh Mahto of the All Jharkhand Student's Union and gave up claims on the Giridih Lok Sabha seat, in exchange for support from the AJSU in the 13 other seats in the State. However, there is no clarity yet on whether elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held along with the General election.

Notification for the first phase could be issued by the end of March for voting some time in early April, sources suggested.

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