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2019 Lok Sabha elections | Live updates: 17th General Election to be held in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19; counting on May 23

2019 Lok Sabha elections | Live updates: 17th General Election to be held in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19; counting on May 23

Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora addressing media to announce the dates for the General Elections 2019.
Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora addressing media to announce the dates for the General Elections 2019.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan
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Model Code of Conduct comes into effect; candidates with criminal antecedents need to announce their status thrice before poll date.

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission has announced.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from March 10 and 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time as against about 9 lakh in 2014.
Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said the ‘voter verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time.
The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. Counting of votes for all seven phases would be done on May 23, Mr. Arora said.
Photo: Twitter/@PIB_India

Photo: Twitter/@PIB_India  

Among other things, the model code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that may impact voters’ decision.
Mr. Arora said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification.
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https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/election-commission-announces-2019-lok-sabha-elections-schedule/article26486239.ece

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