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General Election 2019: Full schedule with phases, dates and State-wise list of seats

internetlogojpgThe Hindu Net Desk
MARCH 10, 2019 18:55 IST
UPDATED: MARCH 10, 2019 19:44 IST
An EVM and a VVPAT machine. File Photo

An EVM and a VVPAT machine. File Photo  

Elections to Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha, and the bypolls to 21 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu will follow the Lok Sabha election schedule in their respective States.

The 17th Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases beginning April 11 and the votes will be counted on May 23, the Election Commission announced on March 10. Elections to Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha, and the bypolls to 18 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu will follow the Lok Sabha election schedule in their respective States. Bypolls to three Assembly seats won't be held due to pending election petitions, Tamil Nadu CEO Satyabrata Sahoo has announced.

2019 Lok Sabha poll dates announcement: As it happened

Here’s the phase-wise schedule, the number of seats in each phase and their State-wise break-up:

Phase 1, April 11

91 seats, 20 States

A.P. (all 25), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1) J&K (2), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Tripura (1), U.P. (8), Uttarkhand (5), W.B. (2), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1), Lakshadweep (1)

Phase 2, April 18

97 seats, 13 States

Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), J&K (2), Karnataka (14) Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), T.N. (all 39), Tripura (1), U.P. (8), West Bengal (3), Puducherry (1)

Phase 3, April 23

115 seats, 14 States

Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Gujarat (all 26), Goa (all 2), J&K (1), Karnataka (14), Kerala (all 20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha (6), U.P. (10), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1)

Phase 4, April 29

71 seats, 9 States

Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand (3), M.P. (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (13), U.P. (13), West Bengal (8)

Phase 5, May 6

51 seats, 7 States

Bihar (5), Jharkhand (4), J&K (2), M.P. (7), Rajasthan (12), U.P. (14), West Bengal (7)

Phase 6, May 12

59 seats, 7 States

Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand (4), M.P. (8), U.P. (14), West Bengal (8), NCR (all 7)

Phase 7, May 19

59 seats, 8 States

Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), M.P. (8), Punjab (all 13), West Bengal (9), Chandigarh (1), U.P. (13), Himachal Pradesh (all 4)

Date of counting: May 23


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Dates For 2019 Lok Sabha Election Being Announced Now: Live Updates

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

All India | Edited by Nonika Marwaha | Updated: March 10, 2019 17:05 IST
Dates For 2019 Lok Sabha Election Being Announced Now: Live Updates

Election Commission will announce dates for Lok Sabha elections shortly.


The much awaited 2019 Lok Sabha election schedule is being announced by the Election Commission at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora is reading out the dates of the national elections and also the assembly elections in four states, bringing the Model Code of Conduct into force.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. As soon as the elections are announced, the model code of conduct will come into force. 

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

Here are the LIVE Updates on Lok Sabha Elections dates announcement: 

Mar 10, 2019
17:03 (IST)
Chief Election Commissoner Sunil Arora is addressing the media at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
Mar 10, 2019
16:59 (IST)
In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, the BJP, became the first party in three decades to win a majority on its own; the BJP scooped 282 of the 543 seats in Lok Sabha, where the majority mark is 272. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 336 seats.
Mar 10, 2019
16:57 (IST)
Elections for the 543 Lok Sabha seats have to be held by May. The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.
Mar 10, 2019
16:36 (IST)
AAP launches mega campaign in Delhi
Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, the dates for which will be announced by the Election Commission shortly, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched its mega campaign with the demand for full statehood at the centre. The party staged a protest near BJP headquarters in Delhi today. Tomorrow, the party will protest outside Congress headquarters on Akbar Road. 
Mar 10, 2019
16:15 (IST)
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's re-entry into politics to be keenly watched in Lok Sabha elections: 
Veteran leader Sharad Pawar, who said he has quit electoral politics, will be up for election in the coming Lok Sabha polls, due by May. The 78-year-old will contest from Madha, the constituency he won in 2009.
Mr Pawar - the chief of Nationalist Congress Party -- had announced his retirement from electoral politics in 2012. 
Mar 10, 2019
15:44 (IST)
First parliamentary election for Andhra Pradesh
The state has 25 parliament and 175 assembly seats
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is making a bid for a second term in power, is also a key interlocutor of the opposition and has been trying to forge a united front against the BJP for months
Mar 10, 2019
15:13 (IST)
Punjab Pradesh Congress Screening Committee meets to shortlist candidates
The meeting of Punjab Pradesh Congress Screening Committee, comprising AICC Gen Sec (Organization) KC Venugopal; AICC In-Charge Punjab, Asha Kumari, Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh and PPCC President Sunil Jakhar, has begun. 
The meeting will shortlist names of candidates for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and forward the same to the Central Election Committee of AICC for finalization.
Mar 10, 2019
15:04 (IST)
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi on poll dates: 
There is much speculation about election dates. 
Last three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from 20 Apr to 10 May (4 phases), 16 April to 13 May (5 phases)   and 7 April to 12 May (9 phases),  respectively.
The window available this time is still  similar. But not much.
Mar 10, 2019
14:39 (IST)
Poll Announcement In "Rahu Kaal" Worries Politicians From South
As the Election Commission today made it official that the dates for the national election would be announced at 5 pm, concerns were expressed by a few politicians - but entirely of the astrological kind.
Mar 10, 2019
13:36 (IST)
For Four States, Assembly Elections Also Likely With National Polls
Assembly elections in four states - Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha - are expected to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls this time. The term of the government sin all four states are set to end by April-May.
For Four States, Assembly Elections Also Likely With National Polls
Mar 10, 2019
12:41 (IST)
Following was the seat sharing for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections:

Party                                                            Seats won   Seats contested                
  • Bharatiya Janata Party                                         282                   428    
  • Indian National Congress                                      44                   464
  • All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam      37                     40
  • All India Trinamool Congress                              34                   131
  • Biju Janta Dal                                                       20                     21
  • Shiv Sena                                                             18                     58
  • Telugu Desam                                                      16                     30
  • Telangana Rashtra Samithi                                  11                      17
  • Communist Party Of India ( Marxist)                   9                      93
  • Yuvajana Shramik Rythu Congress Party             9                      38

Mar 10, 2019
12:39 (IST)
In 2014, PM Narendra Modi's BJP bagged majority on its own by winning 282 of the 543 seats in Lok Sabha.
Mar 10, 2019
12:24 (IST)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in an election rally in Kendrapara announces 33% quota for women in allocation of Lok Sabha seats for the BJD party: news agency ANI
Mar 10, 2019
12:21 (IST)
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After the #LokSabhaElection2019 dates are announced, the Model Code of Conduct will come into effect

Among other things, the code bars the government from announcing policy decisions

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The dates for #LokSabhaElections2019 - in which PM Narendra Modi's government is seeking a second term in power - will be announced by the #ElectionCommission at 5 pm today, sources said

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Mar 10, 2019
12:21 (IST)
In 2014, the Election Commission had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.

While the first phase polling was on April 7, the last phase was on May 12. 
Mar 10, 2019
12:16 (IST)
Dates For National Election, State Polls To Be Announced Today: Sources
The dates for national elections and polls in four states will be announced by the Election Commission at 5 pm today, sources said.
Dates For National Election, Polls In 4 States To Be Announced At 5 pm
Mar 10, 2019
11:19 (IST)
The Election Commission of India will announce the dates for the upcoming national elections today at 5 pm.
Mar 10, 2019
10:59 (IST)
Election Commission to announce dates for national election and polls in four states at 5 pm today.
Mar 10, 2019
10:18 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi attends the 50th Raising Day of Central Industrial Security Force in New Delhi.
Mar 10, 2019
09:48 (IST)
Election Commission of India allots 'Battery Torch' as common symbol for Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam for upcoming General Elections.
Mar 10, 2019
09:30 (IST)
Another Congress Lawmaker In Telangana To Join KCR's Party
A week after two of its MLAs left the party and joined the ruling TRS, Congress in Telangana was dealt a further blow when its legislator from Nakrekal, Chirumarthi Lingaiah on Saturday announced that he would join the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
Another Congress Lawmaker In Telangana To Join KCR's Party
Mar 10, 2019
09:29 (IST)
Gujarat Congress Lawmaker Made A Minister Hours After Joining BJP
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani Saturday expanded his cabinet by inducting three members, including former Congress lawmaker Jawahar Chavda, who was made a minister a day after he joined the BJP.
BJP lawmaker from Manjalpur of Vadodara district Yogesh Patel and Jamnagar West MLA Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who had crossed over from Congress, were the other two members inducted into the cabinet.
Gujarat Congress Lawmaker Made A Minister Hours After Joining BJP
Mar 10, 2019
09:28 (IST)
"Keep Armed Forces Out Of Political Campaigns": Election Body To Parties
The notice was issued after billboards featuring BJP leaders such as Narendra Modi and Amit Shah along with Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman came up in certain parts of the national capital. 
'Keep Armed Forces Out Of Political Campaigns': Election Body To Parties
Mar 10, 2019
09:26 (IST)
The Election Commission on Saturday asked political parties across the country to not use photographs of defence personnel on hoardings or posters in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

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VVPATs to be used in all polling stations this time: CEC. As many as 84 million new voters to cast vote. A total of 90 crore voters to exercise their franchise.

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Model Code of Conduct comes into effect; candidates with criminal antecedents need to announce their status thrice before poll date.

The Election Commission is announcing the schedule for the high-voltage Lok Sabha elections.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

The notification for the first phase Lok Sabha poll, which is likely to be spread over seven to eight phases in April-May, could be issued by the end of March for voting some time in early April, sources suggested.

As soon as the elections, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his bid to return to power amid hectic parleys by several political parties to put a united fight against the ruling BJP, are announced, the model code of conductwill come into force.

Here are the latest updates:

5 PM


The Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and the two Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa ansd Sushil Chandra have arrived at the Plenary Hall to announce the 17 Lok Sabha poll dates.

The CEC is now making his introductory remarks. Recalls the first election and how it survived the cynicism of the world democracies then.  He now apprises about the series of the meeting the ECI held in States about poll-preparedness.

Nearly 900 million voters are eligible to vote in the polls. That is more than 84 million more than last polls.  About 10 lakh polling station this time  compared to 9 lakh in 2014 polls

Mr. Arora reiterates the announcement that the photo voter slip is no longer a standalone poll document.

And the last button in the EVMs is the NOTA option. VVPATs  to be used with EVMs at all stations. Stringent steps for transport and security of EVMs and VVPATs he says.

Model Code of Conduct comes into effect today itself, he says. 

Non-filing of revised Form 26 will result in rejection of candidature. The form seeks info on income of candidates, spouse, dependents, HuF and also assets located overseas and PAN, he says.

Candidates with criminal antecedents need to announce their status thrice before the poll date in local newspapers. 

On Central observers, the ECI has decided to send sufficient number of senior officials to spending-sensitive States, he says.

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"Any violation of the Model Code of Conduct will be dealt with in the strictest manner," said CEC Sunil Arora. "Candidates with criminal history will be required to furnish such information," he said. "Usage of loudspeakers is prohibited at night between 10 pm and 6 am," he added.

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Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Force, Govts Can’t Announce Policy Decisions Now

According to Article 324 of the Constitution, the EC has the power to monitor the Centre, all the state governments, all the candidates and their respective political parties.


New Delhi: As the Election Commission announced the 2019 Lok Sabha poll schedule, the Model Code of Conduct came into force on Sunday evening.

Opposition parties have questioned the delay in announcing the poll dates, with senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel asking the EC whether it was waiting for the Prime Minister's "official" travel programme "to conclude".


But now with the announcement of the dates, the model code of conduct comes into play. But what is it all about?


What is the Model Code of Conduct?


The Election Commission releases a set of guidelines which ensures that polls are free and fair.

According to Article 324 of the Constitution, the EC has the power to monitor the Centre, all the state governments, all the candidates and their respective political parties.

What are the various components of a Model Code of Conduct?

As per PRS Legislative Research, the MCC deals with eight provisions – general conduct, meetings, processions, polling day, polling booths, observers, party in power, and election manifestos.

Under General conduct, while political parties can criticise the other candidates based on policies and programmes and their work record, they are not allowed to use caste and communal sentiments to lure voters. They cannot bribe or intimidate voters and most importantly, they cannot criticise them based on unverified reports.

For meetings, it is mandatory for the political parties to inform the local police about their rallies and public meetings and provide them time to make adequate security arrangements.

Carrying or burning effigies of the opponents is not allowed. It needs to be ensured that in case two rival parties plan a road show in the same area, then their routes must not clash.

During the polling day, all those workers who are working for their parties in the polling booth must wear a badge with party name and symbol.

In the polling booths, apart from voters, only those individuals with a permit from the EC will be allowed to enter polling booths. The political party must not campaign for votes within a distance of 100 metres of the polling booth on the day of voting.

Are there any restriction in place for the ruling party?

The restrictions for the ruling party was put in place in 1979 and the restrictions were same for both state and Centre.

The restrictions are:

The ruling party must not advertise at the cost of the public exchequer or use official mass media for publicity on achievements.

No Member of Parliament or minister should combine their official visit with campaigning or party work.

Ministers and other authorities must not announce any financial grants, or promise any construction of roads, provision of drinking water, and so on.

Other parties must be allowed to use public spaces, and it must not be monopolised by those in power.

Have candidates violated the MCC in the past?

In 2013, the EC issued a notice to Union Minister Balram Naik for announcing a Rs 20 crore scheme for the construction of hostels specifically for OBC students in Madhya Pradesh, where polls had already begun.

Naik was asked to reply explaining why punitive action should not be taken against him for violating the EC model code of conduct.

That same year, the EC also brought up then-Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa for a similar violation.

Even the former CM of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa had announced development schemes for areas where elections were being held. She was also asked to send a written response to the notice.

“The Commission has decided to afford you an opportunity to explain your stand [as to] why action should not be taken against you for the aforesaid violation of MCC,” said the EC.

In Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leads in the number of EC code violations with 97 FIRs registered. The BJP follows with 79 and Congress with 67 FIRs. In 2016, Mamata Banerjee earned the EC’s censure for announcing Asansol as a district, at a public rally, when the MCC was in force. An FIR was filed against Modi after Gujarat Assembly polls in 2017 where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeated his 2014 signature move and flashed his inked finger and waved to thousands gathered outside the polling booth. For the opposition this was a violation of MCC.

In the same election, the EC pulled up the then Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi over his interviews to television networks one day prior to the final phase of voting in Gujarat. The EC had then directed Gujarat’s Chief Election Officer BB Swain to file an FIR against channels in the state that telecast Gandhi’s interview.

Does MCC have a statutory backing? Can violations of it be punished by courts?

The MCC was introduced by the EC to ensure transparent and free, fair elections.

This means that if a party violates the MCC, they cannot be charged for violating a section of the code as it has no statutory backing. But in extreme conditions, the EC can file a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) or the Income Tax Act.

For example, if a candidate is seen instigating communal hatred, a complaint can be filed under the IPC and CrPC. However, the EC has a practice of sending notices to politicians or political parties for violation of the MCC, but it does not translate into any action. The candidate or the party must reply in writing.

If they plead guilty, they attract a written censure from the EC which is nothing but a subtle warning.

In the past, the Congress has suggested making the EC code an enforceable legislation piece. However, it rejected the committee’s decision to implement a stay on manifesto release. When there questions on how binding the EC code of conduct was, the Supreme Court settled the matter by stating that the election body had the power to enforce the code. 

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Election to be held in seven phases. Last date of nomination of phase 1 is March 25. First phase April 11, second phase on April 18 and counting to be held on May 23.

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Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Prasdesh, KErala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland,Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttrakhand, Daman & Diu, Andaman Nicobar, Dhadra & Nagar Haveli, Lakshwadeep,Pondicherry, Delhi,Chandhigarh will go for polls in Single Phase..

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