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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 To Be Held In Seven Phases From April 11: Election Commission

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| March 10 , 2019 , 18:38 IST

The Election Commission announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls on Sunday evening. Date of counting will be on May 23.

Lok Sabha 2019 elections start from April 11 and polling will be held in seven phases, says Election Commission.

Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from today itself in the entire country, CEC said.

CEC Sunil Arora said, "EC recently visited J-K, met political parties and govt officials. Due to constraints in the 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."

The elections will be held for 543 seats of the Lok Sabha on approximately 10 lakh polling booths across the country. The tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

CEC, Sunil Arora said, "In order to curb noise pollution, usage of loudspeakers is prohibited between 10pm-6am. Have asked political parties to desist from using environmentally hazardous material during the poll campaign."

CEC further said, "There is a mobile app for citizens where they can record any violation of the code of conduct and send it to Election Commission. The action will be taken in 100 minutes."

"VVPATs will be used with EVMs at all polling stations. 17.4 lakh VVPATs are needed for conducting Lok Sabha Elections 2019," he added.

"There is an increase of 84.3 million as compared to 814.5 million electorates in 2014," said Sunil Arora.

Sunil Arora further said, "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."

"Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter can take any action against any candidate if the complaint is verified by CEC," he added.

Candidates are required to furnish details of their social media accounts: CEC

CEC also released election helpline number "1950"This number can be used to check your name and election-related information.

Total electorate in this Lok Sabha elections will be 900 million, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.

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Lok Sabha election 2019 to be held in 7 phases

Phase 1 - 91 constituencies states in 20 states to go to polls

Phase 2 - 97 constituencies in 13 states

Phase 3 - 115 constituencies in 14 states

Phase 4 - 71 constituencies in 9 states

Phase 5 - 51 constituencies in 7 states

Phase 6 - 59 constituencies in 7 states

Phase 7 - 59 constituencies in 8 states

Date of Lok Sabha polls

Phase one - 11 April

Phase two - 18 April

Phase three - 23 April

Phase four - 29 April

Phase five - 6 May

Phase six - 12 May

Phase seven - 19 May

Date of counting 23 May

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