New Delhi:10/3/19: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Sunday announced the poll schedule at a press conference in Vigyan Bhawan here in the evening.
Odisha will go to polls on the first phase beginning from April 11. Polling for four Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11. Five seats will go to polls on April 18, six seats on April 23 and the same number of seats on April 29.
Arora said the Lok Sabha polls will be held in 7 phases, beginning from April 11. The first phase polling to be held on 11th April, 2nd phase on 18th April, 3rd phase on 23rd April, 4th phase polling to be held on 29th April, 5th phase polling on 6th May, 6th phase polling on 12th May, 7th phase on 12th May.
The CEC said the counting of votes will be on May 23.
Arora said the Lok Sabha elections will be held for 543 seats on nearly 10 lakh polling booths across the country, with nearly 90 crore voters exercising the franchise.
The current Lok Sabha’s tenure ends on June 3. The commission will ensure that 100% VVPAT deployment across all polling station.
The CEC said total electorate in this Lok Sabha elections will be 900 million, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.