EC Seeks Your Help To Crackdown On Poll Code Violations, Read How

The citizens would be allowed to record instances of poll conduct violations on their smartphones and send them to poll officials via EC Android app
The citizens would be allowed to record instances of poll conduct violations on their smartphones and send them to poll officials via EC Android app

Guwahati, March 10, 2019

The 2019 general election will be held in seven phases, the Election Commission (EC) announced on March 10th, 2019. The first phase of voting will take place on April 11th, 2019 while the last phase will be held on May 19th, 2019. The results of the election will be announced on May 23rd, 2019.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from March 10th, 2019 would include candidates’ social media accounts. A total of 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time and very election booth will have a VVPAT.

The citizens would be allowed to record instances of poll conduct violations on their smartphones and send them to poll officials via EC Android app. Action will be mandatorily taken in 100 minutes.

By using the Android-based app, using which a person can secretly send to it geo-tagged videos and photos of illegal money being distributed or a hate speech being made during polls. The unique Internet-based beta version of the application is called ‘cVIGIL’, which stands for ‘citizens’ vigil’.

Arora also mentioned that all political ads on social media will require pre-certification and special observers will be sent to the certain sensitive state.

Around 900 million or 90 crore people have been registered as voters for the 2019 general election. These include 1.5 crore new voters in the age group of 18 to 19, Arora said.

Phase 1, April 11th, 2019

  • Andhra Pradesh: 25 seats
  • Arunachal Pradesh: 2 seats
  • Assam: 5 seats
  • Bihar: 4 seats
  • Chhattisgarh: 1 seat
  • Jammu and Kashmir: 2 seats
  • Maharashtra: 7 seats
  • Manipur: 1 seat
  • Meghalaya: 2 seats
  • Mizoram: 1 seat
  • Nagaland: 1 seat
  • Odisha: 4 seats
  • Sikkim: 1 seat
  • Telangana: 17 seats
  • Tripura: 1 seat
  • Uttar Pradesh: 10 seats
  • Uttarakhand: 5 seats
  • West Bengal: 2 seats
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands: 1 seat
  • Lakshadweep: 1 seat

Phase 2, April 18th, 2019

  • Assam: 5 seats
  • Bihar: 5 seats
  • Chhattisgarh: 3 seats
  • Jammu and Kashmir: 2 seats
  • Karnataka: 14 seats
  • Maharashtra: 10 seats
  • Manipur: 1 seat
  • Odisha: 5 seats
  • Tamil Nadu: 39 seats
  • Tripura: 1 seat
  • Uttar Pradesh: 8 seats
  • West Bengal: 3 seats
  • Puducherry: 1 seat

Phase 3, April 23rd, 2019

  • Assam: 4 seats
  • Bihar: 5 seats
  • Chhattisgarh: 7 seats
  • Gujarat: 26 seats
  • Goa: 2
  • Jammu and Kashmir: 1 seat
  • Karnataka: 14 seats
  • Kerala: 20 seats
  • Maharashtra: 14 seats
  • Odisha: 6 seats
  • Uttar Pradesh: 10 seats
  • West Bengal: 5 seats
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli: 1 seat
  • Daman and Diu: 1 seat

Phase 4, April 29th, 2019

  • Bihar: 5 seats
  • Jammu and Kashmir: 1 seat
  • Jharkhand: 3 seats
  • Madhya Pradesh: 6 seats
  • Maharashtra: 17 seats
  • Odisha: 6 seats
  • Rajasthan: 13 seats
  • Uttar Pradesh: 13 seats
  • West Bengal: 8 seats

Phase 5, May 6th, 2019

  • Bihar: 5 seats
  • Jammu and Kashmir: 2 seats
  • Jharkhand: 4 seats
  • Madhya Pradesh: 7 seats
  • Rajasthan: 12 seats
  • Uttar Pradesh: 14 seats
  • West Bengal: 7 seats

Phase 6, May 12, 2019

  • Bihar: 8 seats
  • Haryana: 10 seats
  • Jharkhand: 4 seats
  • Madhya Pradesh: 8 seats
  • Uttar Pradesh: 14 seats
  • West Bengal: 8 seats
  • Delhi: 7 seats

Phase 7, May 19th, 2019

  • Bihar: 8 seats
  • Jharkhand: 3 seats
  • Madhya Pradesh: 8 seats
  • Punjab: 13 seats
  • West Bengal: 9 seats
  • Chandigarh: 1 seat
  • Uttar Pradesh: 13 seats
  • Himachal Pradesh: 4 seats