Guwahati, April 8, 2019
The country will hold the general election starting April 11th, 2019 to May 19th, 2019 in the world’s largest democratic exercise. The 2019 Indian general election is scheduled to be held in seven phases to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23rd, 2019, and on the same day, the results will be declared.
With only two days left for the battle of polls to begin, here are some interesting facts about the Lok Sabha elections that you need to know. Read on…
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- The Lok Sabha elections this year will be the 17th Lok Sabha elections. Elections in the country started in the year 1952 after 4 years of achieving Independence.
- Around 900 million will cast votes this year and that is equivalent to the combined population of the whole of Europe and Brazil, out of them, 432 million of them are women voters.
- A total of 15 million voters are new electorates between the age group of 18 to 19 years.
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) has set up about 1 million polling stations in the country, 10 per cent higher than the last election.
- The elections will be held in 7 phases across the country and the results will be out on May 23rd, 2019.
- The ECI has set up about 1 million polling stations in the country, 10 per cent higher than the last election.
- The battle is for 543 seats out of 545 seats in the country as the two remaining seats are reserved for the Anglo-Indian community, which traces its part to the ancient times when Europeans intermarried Indians in the colonial era. These members are nominated by India’s president.
- A total of 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this year compared to 9 lakh to the 2014 general election.
- Hoping for a historic turnout, this year Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged young voters to come out and actively participate in the elections.
- The ECI for the very first time has come up with Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system which will dispense a slip with the name and symbol of the party candidate for which a person has voted, thus enabling verification of the voting process.
- The Election Commission has ordered 26 lakh bottles of indelible ink at a cost of ₹33 crore. Each bottle contains 10 millilitres of ink. In the 2014 election, the panel bought 21.5 lakh phials, 4.5 lakh fewer than this year’s purchase
Phase-I In Assam
In Assam, a total of 41 candidates are in the fray for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections which is to held on April 11th, 2019. Five constituencies will go to polls – Tezpur, Kaliabor, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh and Jorhat. A total of 75,16,284 people will exercise their franchise in the first phase of elections in Assam.
There are seven contestants each for Tezpur and Kaliabor constituencies, eight each for Jorhat and Dibrugarh followed by 11 for Lakhimpur seat.