1st phase polling to be held on 11th April, 2nd phase on 18th April, 3rd phase on 23rd April, 4th phase polling to be held on 29th April, 5th phase polling on 6th May, 6th phase polling on 12th May, 7th phase 12th May. With the announcement of the schedule, the model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect. The CEC said 91 constituencies will go for polls in first phase, 97 in second phase, 115 in third phase, 71 in fourth, 51 in fifth, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase. However, the Assembly got dissolved after the ruling coalition between the Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party fell apart in June a year ago.
Flanked by two election commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, Mr Arora said, "While finalising the election dates, exam schedules of state exam boards, CBSE, various festivals and harvest season are also adequately factored in".
The Election Commission said the voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time. However, the Election Commission (EC) decided against holding the J&K state polls at the same time for security reasons. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
The five-year term of the 16th Lok Sabha is due to expire on June 3, 2019. The percentage of electors with EPIC and photographs in electoral rolls is likely to increase further before the elections with several states and UTs having already reported 100 per cent coverage, the EC said. Today (March 10) the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the General elections and the board now has a lot of thinking to do.
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In the last phase, 59 constituencies in 8 states will go to polls.
The Election Commission will on Saturday hold a key meeting to discuss the final modalities of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, although this has not been formally announced.
There will be higher number of constituencies in the next four phase polls.
Arora said 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakh in 2014.