Lok Sabha polls to be held in 7 phases from April 11, counting on May 23

The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May, the Election Commission of India announced on Sunday. Counting will be held on 23 May.

At a press conference in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said while elections in the majority of the states across the country would be held in a single phase, some states would witness elections in seven phases.

There is no state where elections will be held in six phases. Jammu & Kashmir will see a five-phase polls. No decision has been taken yet on J&K Assembly elections.

The general elections are being held for 543 seats of the 17th Lok Sabha.

The CEC said the number of voters had risen to 90 crore from 81 crore in 2014.

“The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner,” he said.

Following are the dates of polling for each of the seven phases and the number of constituencies:

Phase 1 – 11 April

To be held in 91 constituencies in 20 states

Phase 2 – 18 April

To be held in 97 constituencies in 13 states

Phase 3 – 23 April

To be held in 115 constituencies in 14 states

Phase 4 – 29 April

To be held in 71 constituencies in 9 states

Phase 5 – 6 May

To be held in 51 constituencies in 7 states

Phase 6 – 12 May

To be held in 59 constituencies in 7 states

Phase 7 – 19 May

To be held in 59 constituencies in 8 states

Number of phases per state:  

Single phase: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Chandigarh.

Two phases: Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura

Three phases: Assam, Chhattisgarh

Four Phases: Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha

Five Phases: J-K

Six Phases: No states

Seven phases: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal

Number of seats per state where elections will be held in each phase:

Phase 1: Andhra Pradesh 25 seats, Arunachal Pradesh 2 seats, Assam 5 seats, Bihar 4 seats, Chhattisgarh 1 seat, J-K 2 seats, Maharashtra 7 seats, Manipur 1 seat, Meghalaya 2 seats, Mizoram 1 seat, Nagaland 1 seat, Odisha 4 seats, Sikkim 1 seat, Telangana 17 seats, Tripura 1 seat, UP 8 seats, Uttarakhand 5 seats, WB 2 seats, AN 1 seat, Lakshwadeep 1 seat

Total = 91 seats

Phase 2: Assam 5 seats, Bihar 5 seats, Chhattisgarh 3 seats, J-K 2 seats, Karnataka 14 seats, Maharashtra 10 seats, Manipur 1 seat, Odisha 5 seats, Tamil Nadu 39 seats, Tripura 1 seat, UP 8 seats, West Bengal 3 seats, Puducherry 1 seat

Total = 97 seats

Phase 3: Assam 4 seats, Bihar 5 seats, Chhattisgarh 7 seats, Gujarat 26 seats, Goa 2 seats, J-K 1 seat, Karnataka 14 seats, Kerala 20 seats, Maharashtra 14 seats, Odisha 6 seats, UP 10 seats, West Bengal 5 seats, Dadar & Nagar Haveli 1 seat, Daman and Diu  1 seat

Total = 115 seats

P4: Bihar 5 seats, J-K 1,  Jharkhand 3 seats, MP 6 seats, Maharashtra 17 seats, Odisha 6 seats, Rajasthan 13 seats, UP 13 seats, West Bengal 8 seats

Total = 71 seats

Phase 5: Bihar 5 seats, J-K 2 seats, Jharkhand 4 seats, MP 7 seats, Rajasthan 12 seats, UP 14 seats, West Bengal 7 seats

Total = 51 seats

Phase 6: Bihar 8 seats, Haryana 10 seats, Jharkhand 4 seats, MP 8 seats, UP 14 seats, West Bengal 8 seats, Delhi 7 seats

Total = 59 seats

Phase 7: Bihar 8 seats, Jharkhand 3 seats, MP 8 seats, Punjab 13 seats, West Bengal 9 seats, UP 13 seats, HP 4 seats, Chandigarh 1 seat

Total = 59 seats

There will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in this Lok Sabha elections as compared to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014.

This Lok Sabha election will also see the use of VVPATS in all polling stations and paper trail will be available in all polling stations.

Addressing reporters, CEC Sunil Arora said, “We had a discussion with the chief ministers of states and all the Union Territories. We also held talks with several key departments to ensure smooth conduction of polls.”

he said that social media expert is also going to be part of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee and candidates will have to furnish details of their social media accounts.

“All expenditure on social media campaigning will be a part of election expenditure account,” the CEC said.