Addressing the press, the chief election commissioner, Sunil Arora announced that Lok Sabha elections would go into polls in 7 phases, instead of 9, while starting from 11th April, while the last day of voting in phase 7 would be 12th May. The last phase is dated for May 19 whereas the counting will be done on May 23.
Having firmed up alliances in several key states for the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has taken an early lead over its rivals, including the Congress, for an election where every single percentage point of votes brought in by small partners can have a significant bearing on final results.
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In the first phase, 91 Parliamentary constituencies in 20 states will go to polls whereas in the 2nd phase, 97 Parliamentary constituencies in 13 states will go to polls.
In order to empower citizens in the Lok Sabha 2019 polls, the Election Commission (EC) has introduced cVIGIL app at pan India level whereby citizens can record on their mobile any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and send it to the election authorities for appropriate action.
According to the new rules laid out by the election commission, the candidates are required to give their details of the properties that they hold overseas, aside of the ones that are there in the country in their poll affidavits.
In 2014, the EC had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.
Vijayvargiya also asserted that he will soon be meeting with the Election Commission to stop unnecessary involvement of State police in the election process.
Candidates and political parties shall include all expenditure on campaigning, including expenditure on advertisement on social media in their election expenditure account. As per the Model Code of Conduct, no major policy decision can be announced by the central and the concerned stated governments until the new representatives are elected. He said extensive preparations have been made for the 17th Lok Sabha polls. Polling for Jammu and Kashmir's six Lok Sabha seats will take place in five phases. There was strong speculation that the NCP chief would contest from the Madha Lok Sabha seat in southwest Maharashtra, but the former Union minister today said he has decided against the idea. The J&K assembly was dissolved after the ruling coalition between the BJP and the PDP fell apart. The poll panel announced that for the first time Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in all EVMs.