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2019 Lok Sabha election voting starts on April 11, counting on May 23
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2019 Lok Sabha election voting starts on April 11, counting on May 23

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The Election Commission of India on March 10, 2019 announced the poll schedule for India to elect her 17th Lok Sabha. Voters in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will simultaneously elect their legislative assemblies

The Election Commission of India on March 10, 2019 announced the poll schedule for India to elect her 17th Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament. Voters in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will simultaneously elect their legislative assemblies

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday, March 10.

Seven phase Lok Sabha election

Arora announced that 22 states and union territories will see single-phase election, Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan and Tripura will see polling in two phases, Assam and Chhattisgarh will have three-phase polling, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha will see four-phase polling and Jammu and Kashmir will have five-phase elections.

States and UTs where elections will take place in a single phase are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, NCT of Delhi and Puducherry.

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will see staggered Lok Sabha elections spread over all seven phases starting from April 11 to May 19.

Complete Lok Sabha voting days schedule

Phase 1: Polling for 91 seats across 20 states on April 11

Andaman & Nicobar (1), Andhra (all 25), Arunachal Pradesh (all 2), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), J&K (2), Lakshadweep (1), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (all 17), Tripura (1), Uttar Pradesh (8), Uttarakhand (all 5), West Bengal (2)

Phase 2: Polling for 97 seats across 13 states on April 18

Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), J&K (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Puducherry (1), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), Uttar Pradesh (8), West Bengal (3)

Phase 3: Polling for 115 seats across 13 states on April 23

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

Phase 4: Polling for 71 seats across 9 states on April 29

Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (14), Uttar Pradesh (13), West Bengal (8)

Phase 5: Polling for 51 seats across 7 states on May 6

Bihar (5), J&K (2), Jharkhand (4), MP (7), Rajasthan (12), Uttar Pradesh (14), West Bengal (7)

Phase 6: Polling for 59 seats across 7 states on May 12

Bihar (8), Delhi (all 7), Haryana (all 10), Jharkhand (4), Madhya Pradesh (8), Uttar Pradesh (14), West Bengal (8)

Phase 7: Polling for 59 seats across 8 states on May 19

Bihar (8), Chandigarh (1), Himachal Pradesh (all 4), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (8), Punjab (all 13), West Bengal (9), Uttar Pradesh (13)

Nearly 90 million new voters added since 2014

The staggered election will see about 900 million voters, up from 814.5 million in 2014, when Narendra Modi led the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to power ending a decade of Congress-headed UPA rule.

Of this, some 15 million will be first-time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years.

Approximately 10 lakh polling stations, one lakh more than in 2014, will be set up and a total of 17.4 lakh VVPATs will be used with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all polling stations, Arora told a crowded press conference.

(With agency inputs)