An estimated 81.4 crore voters will be eligible to vote in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
CEC V S Sampath, flanked by Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Dr Nasim Zaidi, made the announcement form Vigyan Bhavan, a venue that has got preference over the Nirvachan Sadan (EC’s headquarters) because of space constraints at the latter.
Here are the highlights:
# Counting of LS polls will take place on May 16: EC.
# There will be 9 poll days starting from April 07.
# Elections to be held on April 7, 9, 10, 12, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and May 12.
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# 9 polls days will cover 543 constituencies and respective Assembly constituencies.
# Second phase of poll on April 9 to cover seven constituencies in five states.
# Third phase on April 10 to cover 92 constituencies in 14 states.
# Fourth phase is on April 12 covering three states and five PCs.
# Fifth poll day is April 17 covering 13 states and 122 parliamentary constituencies.
# Sixth poll date is April 24 covering 12 states, 117 PCs
# Seventh poll day is April 30 covering89 PCs in nine states.
# Eighth poll day is May 7 covering seven states and 64 constituencies.
# Ninth poll day is May 12 covering three states and 41 constitutencies.
# EC says all Naxalism-hit seats will be covered in one single day.
# UP and Bihar will be going to polls on the same days.
# Delhi and Haryana will have one poll day, April 10.
# Jharkhand will have three poll days April 10, 17 and 24.
# EC appeals to candidates not to use words that cause personal hurt to rivals.
# There will be flying squads, check posts to keep an on money power: CEC.
# EC has taken measures for expenditure monitoring. Use of money power is a matter of concern: CEC
# Examination schedules for state,central education boards need to be considered for election schedule: EC.
# Strict action will be taken against officials found wanting on any account
# Election slip will serve as a reminder and invitation for voters: EC
# People living in vulnerable areas will be given adequate protection to exercise their vote: CEC.
# Different observers will be deployed across country for the polls: Election Commission.
# V S Sampath says model code of conduct comes into force with immediate effect.
# NOTA facility will be given in 2014 general elections: CEC
# There are nine lakh 30 thousand polling stations, which is 12 per cent more than the polling stations in 2009 elections: CEC.
# On March 9, Sunday, voters can get themselves enrolled across country. On this day officers will verify electoral rolls and allow applications: CEC.