Meghalaya to vote on April 11, results on May 23

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Election Commission to Hold Key Meeting Shortly to Discuss Final Modalities of Polls

The first phase of the election on April 11 will cover 91 constituencies across 20 states.

With the model code of conduct for elections coming into immediate effect, the government can not announce any policy move that may impact voters' decision.

Mir said it was a golden chance for the Centre to hold assembly elections to give an elected government to the people, as all political parties favoured simultaneously elections in the state. The dates are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

The elections would involve an electorate of approximately 90 crore voters, with eight crore new voters, said the CEC, flanked by the other two election commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra. Dates for the J&K election will only be announced after the Lok Sabha elections.

The counting of votes for all the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies will be done on May 23.

The Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the entire country with the announcement of the poll schedule.

The NC said it was for the first time since 1996 that Assembly election in the state were not held on time.

Shortly after the national election dates were announced on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets, "The festival of democracy, elections are here".

Since the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been dissolved, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period, which will end in May.

CEC Sunil Arora stated that candidates contesting the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be required to furnish details of their social media accounts and the expenditure for campaigning on social media will be taken into account as well.

Senior party leader and Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim said that the schedule was designed in a way that most of constituencies go to polls during the Ramadan so that Muslims can not go out and exercise their franchise.

"We are all geared up for the May 19 polls in Punjab and I am confident that @INCIndia will win all the 13 seats". "Over a dozen times, elections have been held during the holy month of Ramzan", Prasad said at a press meet.

The coalition could win 264 seats in the election compared to 141 for the Congress party-led Opposition alliance, according to the CVoter opinion poll televised on a local channel on Sunday.

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