NEW DELHI: The Election Commission announced on Sunday, May 23, the elections will be held between May 11 and May 19 in seven phases and the counting of votes will be held on May 23.
The term of the present Lok Sabha ended on June 3.
Assembly elections will also be held simultaneously
, Odisha and Sikkim, CEC Sunil Arora announced at a press conference in the national capital.
With the announcement of the poll schedule,
has come in force Arora said all political advertisements on social media would require pre-certification.
A meeting of elections observers for the first and second phase of polling is likely to take place next week.
Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha poll, the Election Commission said the voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time.
Hope 2019 election witnesses a historic turnout: PM Modi
As the Election Commission announced dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the first-time voters to record numbers in the vote. PM Modi hoped that 2019 election witnesses a historic turnout and urged all Indians to join their active participation with 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.
The poll panel has held several review meetings across the last few weeks to gear up its machinery.
and paper trail machines are in place to be deployed in about 10 lakh poling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.
As many as 90 crore electors, including 1.59 crore new voters aged 18-19 years, are registered to vote in the upcoming general election, although this number is likely to go up since the electoral rolls of last day till filing of nomination
In 2014 rolls published, the number of 81.45 crore voters registered at the time of announcement but the final figure, including service voters, stood at 83.4 crore higher.
will make his bid to return to power in the forthcoming election by the ruling party in many political parties to a united fight against the ruling BJP.
In 2004, the poll was announced on February 29. While the first date of polling was April 20, the last date was May 10.
In 2009, the
had announced Lok Sabha poll schedule on March 2. The five-phase polls started on April 16 and ended on May 13.
In 2014, the EC had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.
(With inputs from agencies)