Indian Lok Sabha elections – the largest management exercise in the world will enter the final phase on May 16 with counting of votes.
A whopping 814 million Indians — almost the combined population of Russia, the US, Brazil and Bangladesh — were eligible to vote in the 16th parliamentary election to elect the 16th Lok Sabha, the House of People or what is called the lower house. This is an increase of some 100 million from the 2009 election — and a sharp rise from the 176 million of 1951 when newly independent India conducted its maiden Lok Sabha election.
Along with the Lok Sabha polls, Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh states will elect new assemblies. Polling will take place for 543 of the 545 Lok Sabha seats — two members are nominated by the president. The millions of votes will be counted on May 16, the results coming out in a few hours, a feat perhaps unparalleled in the world.
There will be about 930,000 polling stations — a 12 per cent rise from 2009.
For the first time voters were able to exercise the “None of the Above” (NOTA) option for candidates in the Lok Sabha polls. The option was first made available in the Novermber-December assembly polls in five states last year.
The nine-phase polling for the 16th Lok Sabha ends on May 12. Polling was held for all the 543 constituencies. The term of the 15th Lok Sabha ends on May 31, 2014. The nine-phase elections began from April 7. Phase 3 polls for 91 Lok Sabha seats spread over 14 states and Union Territories on April 10 was the first big phase. In terms of number of seats, phase 5 with 121 seats was the biggest followed by 117 seats for phase 6. The key constituencies involving party presidents went to poll in phase 7 on April 30. BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who is contesting from Vadodara and Varanasi Lok Sabha seats.
2009 Lok Sabha seat tally
Indian National Congress
Bharatiya Janata Party
Bahujan Samaj Party
Communist Party of India
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Rashtriya Janata Dal
Nationalist Congress Party
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Asom Gana Parishad
All India Forward Bloc
All India Trinamool Congress
Assam United Democratic Front
Biju Janata Dal
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Janata Dal (Secular)
Janata Dal (United)
Jammu & Kashmir National Conference
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
Kerala Congress (M)
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Muslim League Kerala State Committee
Nagaland Peoples Front
Revolutionary Socialist Party
Shiromani Akali Dal
Sikkim Democratic Front
Telangana Rashtra Samithi
The pre-poll surveys have predicted BJP-led NDA getting majority while Congress suffering serious setback.
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Lok Sabha Election Results 2014:
The counting of votes is scheduled for May 16. Watch this space for latest news and updates on result.