Voting to elect the 17th Lok Sabha will happen in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, the Election Commission introduced on Sunday. The votes shall be counted on May 23. The Model Code of Conduct got here into effect instantly after the announcement.
Assembly elections for Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim shall be held together with the General Elections. The ballot panel didn’t announce the dates for Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
The first phase of the elections on April 11 will cover 91 constituencies throughout 20 states. Within the second phase, 97 constituencies throughout 13 states will cast their votes on April 18. The third phase is scheduled for April 23, covering 115 constituencies in 14 states, followed by 71 seats in 9 states on April 29. Within the fifth phase, 51 seats in seven states will vote on May 6.
The sixth phase will happen in 59 seats in seven states on May 12 and the seventh in 59 seats throughout eight states on May 19.
The dates have been introduced at a press conference by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. The tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-year term expires on May 26.