Guwahati, April 3, 2019
The high-voltage general election will take place in seven phases between April and May 2019. The polls to elect the 17 Lok Sabha will be held from April 11th, 2019 to May 19th, 2019. The counting of votes will be counted on May 23rd, 2019.
The members of the 16th Lok Sabha were elected during the 2014 Indian general election. The elections were conducted in nine phases from April 7th, 2014 to May 12th, 2014 by the Election Commission of India.
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.
The Voter Helpline 1950 has been made available for all the voter queries. It is a pan India, toll-free number. If any political party or candidate is found to be violating it, then cVIGIL app enables the citizen to report their activities to the election authorities.
Check out new facts about Lok Sabha Elections 2019:
- For the first time in the history of the Lok Sabha polls, the candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period.
- All political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification.
- In this year’s Lok Sabha election 2019, around 90 crore people are eligible to vote this time. The number is an increase of about 9 crore compared to last time.
- Nearly 2,000 parties and over 8,000 candidates will be contesting elections for 543 seats. 2 seats are reserved.
- 1,841 political parties recognised by the Election Commission will contest in Lok Sabha election 2019.
- There would be approximately 10 lakh polling stations this year, up from 9 lakh in the last general election in 2014.
- The ‘voter-verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time.
- The EVMs and postal ballot papers would carry the photograph of all candidates to help voters identify the political leaders in the fray.
- The Election Commission (EC) of India has taken into consideration were various holidays and festivals falling in March, April and May, harvest season in certain parts of the country. The EC also obtained inputs from the Indian Meteorological Department on the pre-monsoon rainfall.
- 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.