New Delhi, March 10:
With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections inching closer, the Election Commission announced the dates for the elections today. The dates were announced at a Press Conference today. The press conference was held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for 543 seats at around 10 lakh polling booths all across India. The poll panel announced the dates for assembly elections in Sikkim, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.
In the Press Conference, the Election Commission mentioned the seven phases and the important dates:
- Phase one: Last date of nomination is March 25, date of scrutiny is March 26, last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 28. The date of poll is April 11.
- Phase two: Last date of nomination is March 26, date of scrutiny is March 27, last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 29. The date of poll is April 18.
- Phase three: Last day of nomination is April 4, date of scrutiny is April 5, last day for withdrawal of candidature is April 8. The polling date is April 23.
- Phase four: The polling will take place on April 29.
- Phase five: The date of polling is May 6.
- Phase six: The date of poling is May 12.
- Phase seven: The date of polling is May 19.
The 2014 Lok Sabha Elections were held in nine phases. The Election exercise was held over a period of nine days. The counting took place on May 16 2014 and the entire process terminated in 72 days. The counting will be done on May 23.
The moral code of conduct will also be enforced in the country during the time of the elections. No posters or advertisements of any political party will be screened in the country.To avoid the flouting of moral code of conduct, the Election Commission has even come up with its own application. The citizens can use this application to inform the EC if any political party violates the code of conduct.