ECI releases schedule for Lok Sabha, Assembly polls in 4 states

The Lok Sabha polls in Telangana and simultaneous polls in AP will take place in phase 4 and the polling will take place on May 13.

The Lok Sabha Elections 2024 are going to be held in 7 phases between April 19 and June 1 and the counting of votes on June 4, chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar announced on Saturday.

The phase 1 polling will be held on April 19, the second phase on April 26, the third phase on May 7, the fourth phase on May 13, 5th phase on May 20, 6th phase on May 25 and the last and the 7th phase on June 1, he informed.

The Lok Sabha polls in Telangana and simultaneous polls in AP will take place in phase 4 and the polling will take place on May 13.

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He also announced the schedule for state Assembly polls in 4 states –Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with Assembly Bye elections in 26 constituencies across the country.

Seven phases of Lok Sabha polls

Phase 1 (102 seats): April 19

Phase 2 (89 seats): April 26

Phase 3 (94 seats): May 7

Telangana, AP in phase 4 (96 seats): May 13

Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha will begin on May 13 and will take place simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls in these states; Arunachal Pradesh & Sikkim on April 19 and the counting of votes on June 4.

Phase 5 (49 seats): May 20

Phase 6 (57 seats): May 25

Phase 7 (57 seats): June 1

Rajiv Kumar asserts EC’s commitment

Before the announcement, CEC Rajiv Kumar said that the EC is committed to “give the nation a truly festive, democratic environment.”

“The term of the 17th Lok Sabha is due to expire on 16th June 2024. The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are also due to expire in June 2024. Elections are due in Jammu and Kashmir…,” he said.

He informed that the country now has 96.8 crore individuals registered as voters and they can vote from 12 lakh voting centres.

“We have 1.8 crore first-time voters and 19.47 crore voters between the age group of 20-29 years…” he added.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP secured 303 seats, with Congress obtaining 52 seats. The BJP-led NDA is optimistic about the upcoming elections, aiming to secure more than 300 seats.

55 lakh Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be utilized in the entire process. Individuals over 85 years old and those with disabilities meeting a 40% benchmark can cast their votes from their residences. While the option to vote from home was previously available in certain assembly elections, this marks the first instance of its implementation nationwide during the general election, Rajiv Kumar said.

(This is a developing story. The latest version will be updated)

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