Guwahati, March 10, 2019
The Lok Sabha elections in Assam will be held in three phases on April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019, the Election Commission announced on March 10th, 2019, setting the stage for a high-stakes battle between the state’s ruling BJP and the Congress.
- Phase 1 (April 11th, 2019): 5 constituencies will go on elections,
- Phase 2 (April 18th, 2019): 5 constituencies will go on elections, and,
- Phase 3 (April 23rd, 2019): 4 constituencies will go on elections.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim will be held in a single phase. Manipur and Tripura Lok Sabha elections will be held in two phases.
The votes will be counted on May 23rd, 2019, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said at a press conference at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on March 10th, 2019. He was joined by Election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa.
Polling to be held in seven phases and the last date of nomination of phase 1 is March 25th, 2019.
“900 million people will vote in the 2019 polls. 84.3 million new voters since 2014, 15 million voters in the age of 18 and 19. Examination schedule has been kept in mind to avoid inconvenience for the students,” said Arora.
He added, “The Election Commission has attempted a comprehensive plan for the Lok Sabha elections in a manner that is free and fair. India, by conducting elections, emerged as a beacon of light for the world.”
The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3rd, 2019. In the last general elections, the Congress won just three seats out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam while the BJP won seven seats.
Phase I-VII polling dates
- Phase I Date of Polling: April 11th, 2019
- Phase II Date of Polling: April 18th,2019
- Phase III Date of polling: April 23rd, 2019
- Phase IV Date of Polling April 29th,2019
- Phase V Date of polling: May 6th, 2019
- Phase VI Date of polling: May 12th, 2019
- Phase VII Date of polling: May 19th, 2019
All polling stations in Assam like the rest of the country will have Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) or verifiable paper record (VPR) system during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The VVPAT slips will be counted along with the votes punched into the EVM from randomly selected polling stations and tally with the counted votes.
The electronic voting machines will also have photographs of candidates next to the symbol of the party. Security personnel will be deployed in large numbers, Arora said.
It may be mentioned that the Assam State Election Department has appointed sprinter Hima Das, actor Kapil Bora, singer Tarali Sarma and bodybuilder Golap Rabha as State icons to create awareness about the electoral process across Assam.
950 will be the new voter helpline number. Arora informed, “Photo voter slip to be distributed to all registered voters at least five days before polling. Due to complaints regarding the security of EVMs, last mile transportation of these machines will be tracked through GPS now.”
7,06,489 new voters (in between 18 to 19 years of age) enrolled in the latest photo electoral rolls in Assam. In Kamrup (Metro) district, the total number of first-time voters is 21,915 out of 10,70,234 total voters. The total electors in Assam are 2,17,60,604. Of them, 1,11,32,782 are male voters while 1,06,27,822 number of voters are female.
Elections for the 543 Lok Sabha seats have to be held by May. The Election Commission asked political parties to “desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel” against the backdrop of a picture showing a hoarding with images of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as well as leaders of a party.