ECI announces Schedule for Lok Sabha Polls 2019; Odisha , 3 state assembly polls; 7 phase of polling

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New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora Announces Schedule for Lok Sabha Polls 2019. Instead of 9 phases, this time its 7 phase of polling: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner. Phase 1 to be held on April 11, date of counting May 23.

Phase 2 to be held on April 18.Phase 3 to be held on April 23. Phase 4 to be held on April 29. Phase 5 to be held on May 6. Phase 6 to be held on May 12. Phase 7 to be held on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

Examination schedule has been kept in mind to avoid inconvenience to students says CEC Sunil Arora.84.3 million new voters since 2014, 15 million voters in the age of 18 and 19 says CEC. VVPATs will be used in all polling stations across India, photo of the candidate also on EVMs to avoid voter confusion: Election Commission of India.

Approximately 10 lakh polling stations this time as opposed to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014 says Election Commission of India. Drinking water, shed, toilets will be provided at every polling station: Election Commission of India. 17.4 lakh VVPATs to be used in the elections. The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner: Election Commission of India.

Adequate deployment of security forces has been arranged. Can’t give numbers and more information on this since information sensitive: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner. In wake of complaints regarding the security of EVMs, now last mile transportation of these machines will be tracked through GPS: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner.Candidates are required to furnish details of their social media accounts: CEC. We consider media as a potent force multiplier. Hence, we have directed all officials to have positive engagement with the media. We request media to play a pro-active and constructive role: CEC. 1950 is the voter helpline number to check your name and election-related information: CEC. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google assure EC on compliance with ECI norms: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner.

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