Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Poll dates likely to be announced today

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and polling would be held over seven phases through May 19, followed by counting of all votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. In 2014, the EC had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.

Shortly after the national election dates were announced on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets, "The festival of democracy, elections are here". Now, as the Election Commission has announced the dates and the notification has come, the model of code of conduct has come into action. The party has fielded Atishi (East Delhi), Dilip Pandey (North East Delhi), Raghav Chadha (South Delhi), Gugan Singh (North West Delhi) and Pankaj Gupta (Chandni Chowk) for the Lok Sabha election.

In its briefing, the Election Commission said it had taken into account harvest and exams as well as festivals while deciding on the poll schedule.

The prolonged polling process will put a lot of pressure on the people because the elections would stretch through the summer months of April-May, during which time, Ramzan is also held, the party said.

The required electronic voting machines and paper trail machines are in place to be deployed in almost 10 lakh polling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Elections will also be simultaneously held for the state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Similarly, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituencies will see the third phase elections on April 23, the last phase polls will be held in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur constituencies on April 29. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout.

Lok Sabha polls in Assam will be held in 3 Phases. While the first date of polling was April 20 and the last date was May 10.

The Election Commission of India has ruled out holding the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Transfer of any poll-related officials will not be entertained without the permission of the Election Commission".