Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Schedule: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday evening announced the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 dates. The poll body began the press conference at 5 PM and declared that the general elections will be held in seven phases beginning on April 11. The counting of votes will be held on May 23 and the results will be out on the same day. The Model Code of Conduct came into effect as soon as the schedule and dates were announced. The term of the 16th Lok Sabha ends on June 3.
The Election Commission, since few days, has been facing flak of various political parties over the delay in the announcement of the general elections schedule. The parties accused the poll body of working in tandem with the Centre- by allowing Narendra Modi government an extended window to announce sops.
Over the past few months, Election Commission officials have been touring the country, assessing the poll preparedness and holding meetings to ensure a stress-free polling this Lok Sabha election season. On March 7, the poll panel said that the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 schedule is likely to be announced ‘any day’.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora had confirmed that the tense India-Pakistan relations will have no bearing on the upcoming general elections in April-May this year. The top poll panel official said, “Elections will be held on time.”
In 2004, the Commission had announced four-phase Lok Sabha polls on February 29. While the first date of polling was April 20 and the last date was May 10. In 2009, the EC had announced Lok Sabha poll scheduled on March 2. The five-phase polls began on April 16 and ended on May 13.
In 2014, the poll had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May. While the first phase polling was on April 7, the last phase was on May 12.