New Delhi: Out of the long list of dos and don’ts the Election Commission enlisted on Sunday while announcing the schedule for Lok Sabha elections 2019, one was for candidates active on social media.
The candidates will be required to furnish details of all their social media accounts at the time of filing nominations.
Addressing the media at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said that all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification. The EC also said that internet giants like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google have been roped in to check hate campaigns and fake news.
The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday announced the poll schedule for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, which will be held in seven phases starting from April 11 and conclude with counting on May 23 for all phases.
The first phase of polling will be held on April 11, second phase on April 18, third phase on April 23, fourth phase on April 29, fifth phase on May 6, sixth phase on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.
The Lok Sabha polls will be held in 91 constituencies across 20 states in phase 1, 97 constituencies across 13 states in phase 2, 115 constituencies across 14 states in phase 3, 71 constituencies across 9 states in phase 4, 51 constituencies across seven states in phase 5, 59 constituencies in seven states and 59 constituencies in eight states.
Total 22 states, including all union territories will go to poll in single phase- Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman Niccobar, Dadra and Nagar haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshdweep, Delhi, Pondicherry, Chandigarh.
Four states will be going to polls in two phases- Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan and Tripura, whereas, two states will go to polls in three phases- Assam and Chhattisgarh.
The states going to polls in four phases are Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha. Jammu and Kashmir alone will hold polls in five phases. No state will hold polls in six phases only Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will hold it in seven phases.