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Lok Sabha Election Schedule 2024: Polls to be held in 7 phases from April 19, results on June 4

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Schedule: Assembly elections for Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously.

Election Commission of India, Lok Sabha Election Schedule: Setting the stage for a political battle spread across two months, the Election Commission of India on Saturday (March 16) announced that the 18th Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases, between April 19 and June 1, involving nearly 97 crore voters.

The results will be declared on June 4, twelve days before the term of the current House expires on June 16.

With the announcement of the poll schedule, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which bars the government in power from announcing any new decisions, comes into effect immediately.

Assembly elections for Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. Voting for Andhra Pradesh’s 175 assembly seats will be held on May 13. Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are scheduled to go to the polls on April 19. Elections in Odisha will be held across four phases between May 13 and June 1. The results of all the four state elections will be declared on June 4, the day when the results of the Lok Sabha polls will also be declared.

However, the Election Commission (EC) decided against holding the J&K state polls at the same time for security reasons.

The terms of the Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim assemblies will end on June 11, June 2, June 24 and June 2, respectively.

Addressing the press briefing, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar, nearly 97 crore people are eligible to cast vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls at 10.5 lakh polling stations. More than 55 lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used.

As many as 49.7 crore are male voters, 47.1 crore are female, 1.8 crore first-time voters, 19.74 crore young voters, 82 lakh voters above the age of 85, 88.4 lakh persons with disabilities (PwDs), 19.1 lakh service electors, 48,000 transgender persons and 2.18 lakh centenarians.

CEC Rajiv Kumar further said the Election Commission has taken all measures to keep the polls corruption-free by keeping a check on four main factors – muscle power, money power, misinformation and violation of model code of conduct. He asserted that the election panel has launched a ruthless fight against poll violence.

The 2024 parliamentary polls are being seen as a do-or-die battle for the opposition INDIA bloc.

In its efforts to continue in power with Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking to get re-elected for a third term, the BJP government, ahead of the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll schedule, slashed prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre. A few days earlier, Modi announced a cut of Rs 100 per cylinder, which is set to benefit nearly 33 crore households that use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as cooking fuel.

However, the interim Budget presented by the Narendra Modi government stayed away from populist announcements and left direct and indirect tax slabs untouched, suggesting its confidence regarding return to power in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Last time, the Lok Sabha polls were announced on March 10 and held in seven phases beginning April 11. Votes were counted on May 23.

In the last parliamentary polls, the BJP had won 303 seats while the Congress got 52 seats. It could not muster enough numbers to claim the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/elections/lok-sabha-election-schedule-2024-dates-phases-9216818/

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