EC announces election dates : Election to be held in 7 phases, results to be declared on May 23

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Lok Sabha Election Dates, Schedule 2019: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

The current term of the present Lok Sabha will end on June 3.

Lok Sabha election 2019: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced final dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 during a press conference at 5PM on Sunday. The General Elections 2019 will be conducted in seven phases in April-May, beginning from April 11. The elections will be held for 543 seats on nearly 10 lakh polling booths across the country, while the counting of votes will take place on May 23. With the announcement of election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect from today, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.  At the press conference, CEC Sunil Arora said that nearly 90 crore people are registered as voters, of which 1.5 crore voters in the age of 18 and 19. The current Lok Sabha’s tenure ends on June 3.

Here is the timeline of all updates on the Lok Sabha elections 2019 on BusinessToday.In blog.

8:00pm: Samajwadi Party chief and former CM of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav demands change in election dates for the Lok Sabha elections.

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लोकतंत्र का पहला नियम: बदलाव!

जो लोग इस बात को नहीं मानते हैं उन्हें इतिहास भी नहीं याद रखता।

लोकतंत्रिता का जश्न मनाने के लिए हमें उम्मीद और एकता के लिये मतदान करना है। हम संकल्प लेते हैं कि हम गरीबों और किसानों के लिए काम करेंगे और साथ ही नौजवानों व महिलाओं को सशक्त बनाएँगे।

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7:30pm: Patidar leader Hardik Patel today announced that he will join the Congress on March 12 in presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet in Ahmedabad and will contest from Jamnagar.

Hardik Patel@HardikPatel_

To give shape to my intentions to serve society & country, I have decided to join Indian National Congress on 12th March in presence of Shri Rahul Gandhi & other senior leaders.

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“I would also like to state that if there is no legal hindrance and party decides to field me in electoral politics, I would abide by the party’s decision. I am taking this step to serve 125 core citizens of India,” he tweeted.

7:20pm: Following the announcement of the Lok Sabha election schedule, BJP President Amit Shah said that Modi government has dared to take bold and futuristic decisions for the welfare of 130 crore Indians.

Amit Shah@AmitShah

PM @narendramodi’s government has dared to take bold and futuristic decisions for the welfare of 130 crore Indians. It has struck at the root of corruption and celebrated honesty.#PhirEkBaarModiSarkar will ensure India’s giant leap, where everyone will be happy and prosperous.

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7:10pm: Kashmir leaders slammed Centre for not announcing state elections in J&K in parallel with Lok Sabha elections. CEC Sunil Arora in a press briefing said that no assembly polls will be held in J&K considering the recent incidents, security of candidates.

Mehbooba Mufti@MehboobaMufti

Decision to hold only Parliamentary elections in J&K confirms sinister designs of GoI. Not letting people elect a government is antithetical to the very idea of democracy. Also a tactic of buying time to disempower people by pushing an agenda that suits their ulterior motives.

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The Commission has decided to announce only Parliamentary elections in J&K. Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in J&K to go for polling in three phases due to security reasons, says EC.

Former Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah also criticised PM Modi for not handling national security properly.

Omar Abdullah@OmarAbdullah

Balakote & Uri are not symbols of PM Modi’s handling of national security, J&K is and look at the mess he has made there. The abject surrender to anti-India forces is a crying shame.

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7:00pm: Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party has welcomed the announcement of the Lok Sabha election schedule and said the victory will be of the truth.

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बिगुल बजा है, अब जनता की बारी है,
झूठ से लड़ने की, पुरजोर तैयारी है।
झूठों के इस शासन को हम देंगे मात,
कमर कसी है हमने, अबकी जीत हमारी है।।#JeetHogiSachKi

6:50pm: After the Election Commission announced the final dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 during a press conference at 5PM on Sunday, AAP head and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that time has come to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. The elections to seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.

Arvind Kejriwal@ArvindKejriwal

Ultimately back to We the people -the real power of our democracy. Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. Time to seek answers on demonetisation, jobs, destruction of traders n destroying brotherhood amongst different communities

                                            

6:44pm: Phase 7 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on May 19 in a total of 59 constituencies spread across 8 states. Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Chandigarh (UT), Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

6:42pm: Phase 6 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on May 12 in a total of 59 constituencies spread across 7 states. Delhi-NCR, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

6:40pm: Phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on May 6 in a total of 51 constituencies spread across 7 states. Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

6:37pm: Phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on April 29 in a total of 71 constituencies spread across 9 states. Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

6:35pm: Phase 3 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on April 23 in a total of 115 constituencies spread across 14 states. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

6:30pm: Notable deviations from 2014 in EC schedule:

Odisha: 4 phases instead of 2

WB: 7 phases instead of 5

Delhi, Haryana, Punjab: pushed to later phases in May

J&K: No assembly elections

6:25pm: CEC Sunil Arora on J&K Assembly polls: No assembly polls will be held in J&K considering the recent incidents, security of candidates. The Commission has decided to announce only parliamentary elections in J&K. Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in J&K to go for polling in three phases due to security reasons, says EC.

6:24pm:Phase II of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Issue of gazette notification : 19th March

Last day of nomination: 26th March

Date for scrutiny of nomination: 27th March

Last date of withdrawal: 29th March

Date of Poll: 18th April

Counting of votes: 23rd May

6:22pmPhase 1 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Issue of gazette notification : 18th March

Last day of nomination: 25th March

Date for scrutiny of nomination: 26th March

Last date of withdrawal: 28th March

Date of Poll: 11th April

Counting of votes: May 23

6:20pm:

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6:10pm: Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, NDA seeks your blessings again. We spent the last five years fulfilling basic necessities that were left unfulfilled for 70 long years. Now, time has come to build on that and create a strong, prosperous & secure India. #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar.”

6:00pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished election officials and security personnel ahead of Lok Sabha elections which will begin next month.”The festival of democracy, Elections are here. I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers,” PM tweeted after EC announced election dates.

Narendra Modi@narendramodi

Best wishes to the Election Commission, all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections. India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years.

5:55pm: Jammu & Kashmir to have five phase Lok Sabha elections. However, the state will have no assembly election, which is presently under the President’s Rule.

5:52pm: Former Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah first reaction on EC announcement.

Omar Abdullah@OmarAbdullah

What happened to @rajnathsingh’s assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?

“In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I’m retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56 inch chest failed,” he tweeted.

5:50pm: CEC Sunil Arora on J&K Assembly polls: The commission has been looking at security preparedness including recent developments; had several rounds of meetings with all stakeholders. Based on all inputs and recommendations, constraint of security forces and logistics, keeping recent incidents in the state, we have decided only Lok Sabha polls in the state. Assembly polls in the state soon. 3 observers appointed.

5:47pm: 2 phases elections will be held in Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura

3 phases: Assam, Chhattisgarh

4 phases: Jharkhand, MP, Maharashtra, Odisha

5 phases: Jammu and Kashmir

7 phases: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal

5:45pm: Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu will be held in a single phase.

5:40pm: Phase1 Poll in 91 constituencies across 20 states, Phase 2 Poll in 97 constituencies in 13 states, Phase 3 Poll in 115 constituencies in 14 states, Phase 4 Poll in 71 constituencies in 9 states, Phase 5 Poll in 51 constituencies in 7 states, Phase 6 Poll in 59 constituencies in 7 states, Phase 7 Poll in 59 constituencies in 8 states.

5:38pm: 10 lakhs polling stations to be set up for Lok Sabha polls against nine lakhs in 2014, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

5:37pm: Counting of votes of Lok Sabha polls to be on May 23: EC.

5:35pm: Fourth phase polling to be held on 29th April, fifth phase polling on 6th May, sixth phase polling on 12th May, seventh phase on 12th May.

5:32pm: Second phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held on 18th April and third phase on 23rd April.

5:30pm: First phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held on April 11.

5:28pm: Android app to help voters record poll violations and send it to EC: CEC Arora.

5:26pm Special observers will be sent to states where we expect security to be an issue, says Chief Election Commission

5:25pm: Candidates cannot use loudspeakers between 10 pm to 6 am: CEC

5:24pm: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner.

5:22pm: There will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in this Lok Sabha Elections as compared to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014.

5:20pm: CEC Sunil Arora said that as of 2019, 900 million people are registered as voters, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.

5:18pm: Election Commission has been working for the elections for the past many months. MHA was roped in on 22,23rd January to assess security

5:16pm: VVPATS will be used at all polling stations. Photographs of candidates will also be there next to the symbol. In wake of complaints regarding security of EVMs, now last mile transportation of these machines will be tracked through GPS.

5:15pm: Examination schedule has been kept in mind to avoid inconvenience to students: CEC Sunil Arora

5:14pm: 84.3 million new voters since 2014, 15 million voters in the age of 18 and 19, says CEC Sunil Arora

5:12pm: “India, by conducting elections, emerged as a beacon of light for the world,” he said.

5:10pm: We interacted with political parties to discuss elections, says Sunil Arora

5:08pm: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora addresses the press conference. He is accompanied by Election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa.

5:05pm:

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5:00pm: Election Commission will announce the Lok Sabha election dates in a press conference shortly. The poll panel of the EC is currently holding a meeting at Vigyan Bhavan.

4:55pm: Ahead of the announcement of final dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday signalled that Biju Janata Deal (BJD) will reserve 33% seats for women in upcoming general elections. If the party implements it in the coming general elections, the BJD will become the first political party to take such a move. The Naveen Patnaik-government had already passed the resolution seeking implementation of 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies in November 2018.

4.20pm: Really happy about Election Commission’s advisory to political parties: Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh

Capt.Amarinder Singh@capt_amarinder

Really happy about #ElectionCommission advisory to political parties to refrain from using defence personnel pics in election propaganda. Let’s follow it up with an end to politicisation of the armed forces, which I find to be equally wrong.

4.00pm: “When I left from Delhi to Mumbai, I did not know that election commission will be taking press conference at 5pm. This will be my last Sabha before the code of conduct. After URI attack, surgical strike and after Pulwama attack, airstrike, I greet Modi Ji. I was asked what about third surgical strike, I said third surgical strike will be done by people of our country by voting in favour of Modi Ji,” says Sushma Swaraj

3.30pm: Actor-turned-politician KamalHaasan thanks the Election Commission of India for allotting his party  Makkal Needhi Maiam the battery torch symbol.

DT Next@dt_next

Actor-turned-politician #KamalHaasan on Sunday thanked the #ElectionCommission of India for allotting his party #MakkalNeedhiMaiam (MNM) the battery torch symbol, calling it appropriate and in keeping with the party’s vision. https://www.dtnext.in/News/TamilNadu/2019/03/10145637/1109915/TorchBearer-Kamal-Haasans-MNM-gets-battery-torch-as-.vpf … #LokSabhaElections2019

‘Torch-Bearer’: Kamal Haasan’s MNM gets battery torch as party symbol

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3.05pm: During the last five years, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s performance in the Lok Sabha bypolls has failed to impress or make a positive impact. In a total of 27 Lok Sabha bypolls since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP has managed to win only five seats. While BJP’s tally stands at 268 seats, Congress’s has managed to capture 45 seats. However, out of 542 parliamentary constituencies, 22 are still vacant.

2.40pm: The election to fill 5 vacancies in the Telangana Legislative Council will be held on Monday, reports PTI.

2.19pm: After the implementation of the Code of Conduct post the Election date announcement today, the country will be spared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hollow announcements, says BSP supremo Mayawati.

Mayawati@Mayawati

बहुप्रतीक्षित लोकसभा चुनाव कार्यक्रम की आज शाम घोषणा होते ही आचार संहिता के लागू हो जाने से पीएम श्री मोदी की खोखली व हवाहवाई घोषणाओं व शाही खर्चों वाले इनके सरकारी शिलान्यास आदि प्रोग्रामों से देश को मुक्ति तो मिल जायेगी लेकिन जनता इनके अन्य हथकंडों से भी सावधान रहे।

2.10pm: Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav says UP DGP should be removed from his post before election.

Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief: We demand that the UP DGP be removed from his post before election. Police personnel themselves are getting involved in theft cases. If it’s happening, then DGP is responsible too. If Mayawati ji has said that the DGP be removed, what she said is correct

1.50pm: The Election Commission Saturday asked political parties to “desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel” against the backdrop of a picture showing a hoarding with images of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as well as leaders of a party.

1.40pm: The impasse between the CPI(M) and the Congress over the seat-sharing deal in Bengal seems to have resolved after intervention of Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury. According to PTI, after the CPI(M) announced candidates for Raiganj and Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats, the state unit of the Gandhi-led party urged the AICC to look into the matter.

1.10pm: Will the EC announce dates for Assembly polls in J&K? While there is a view that the J-K assembly elections can beheld along with the Lok Sabha polls, a lot depends on the complex security situation in the state given the heightened tension along the India-Pakistan border. The Centre and the state administration, being managed by the Centre-appointed Governor, are against holding the two elections together, reported PTI. However, all political parties in the state favoured simultaneous polls during a meeting with the Election Commission earlier this week. The J-K assembly’s six-year term was to end on March 16, 2021, but it got dissolved after a ruling coalition between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fell apart.

12.52pm: PM Narendra Modi addresses the CISF personnel at the 50th Raising Day ceremony of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), at Ghaziabad. Prime Minister Modi inaugurated projects worth several crores in Greater Noida on Saturday.

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12.51pm: AAP leader Sanjay Singh asks: “Does the Election Commission of India work from the BJP headquarters?”

Sanjay Singh AAP@SanjayAzadSln

क्या चुनाव आयोग भाजपा कार्यालय से संचालित होता है?2014 में 5 मार्च को चुनाव की घोषणा हुई,5 दिनो में मोदी जी ने कई रैली, सभा कर लिया, आज ग़ाज़ीयाबाद का भाषण के बाद चुनाव की घोषणा,आचार सहिता के बाद पोस्टर तो उतारने ही पड़ेंगे अब आप कह रहे हैं भाजपा सेना के शौर्य का इस्तेमाल न करें

12.43pm: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces 33 per cent quota for women in the Lok Sabha seats for Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

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#LIVE from the #MissionShakti convention in Kendrapara district.

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12.41pm: Sitanshu Kar, Principal Spokesperson and Director General of Press Information Bureau, invites media for press meet on the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Sitanshu Kar@DG_PIB

Kind Attn Media : #ElectionCommission Press Conference at 5pm today ie 10th March 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, Plenary hall. Entry would be on the basis of PIB card especially for the camera teams with their equipment. Entry to begin by 3.30pm for camera teams to start setting up

12.40pm: “I have announced 33 per cent reservation for women in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik in an election rally in Kendrapara announces 33% quota for women in allocation of Lok Sabha seats for the BJD party. (file pic)

ANI@ANI

Odisha CM and BJD President Naveen Patnaik: I am delighted to be in Kendrapara today. Here, I have announced 33 per cent reservation for women in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. pic.twitter.com/rmBnnEmm6L

12.35pm: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was dissolved last year. The EC is bound to hold fresh polls in the militancy-hit state in at least six month, which will end in May. The EC may announce Assembly polls date for Jammu and Kashmir too.

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The #ElectionCommission of India is likely to announce the Lok Sabha elections 2019 schedule dates today. India Today’s @PoulomiMSaha tells you more about it.#ITVideo
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12.26pm: There is a strong possibility that the EC may go by the precedent and hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls. Notification for the first phase could be issued by the end of March for voting some time in early April, reports PTI.

12.23pm: Among other things, the Model Code of Conduct bars the government from announcing policy decisions.

12.07pm: Former CEC Dr SY Quraishi on the Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The past three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from April 20 to May 10 (in four phases), April 16 to May 13 (5 phases) and April 7 to May 12 (9 phases), respectively.

Dr. S.Y. Quraishi@DrSYQuraishi

There is much speculation about election dates.
Last three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from 20 Apr to 10 May (4 phases), 16 April to 13 May (5 phases) and 7 April to 12 May (9 phases), respectively.

                                            

The window available this time is still similar. But not much.

11.51am: It is not a political candidate, constituency, election issue or some big-ticket political funding, the Lok Sabha elections 2019 may see a ‘swing factor’ in women empowerment.

11.50am: Political parties have resorted to big poll campaigning on social media with the Lok Sabha elections 2019 just a few months away. Pro-BJP groups spent over Rs 2.15 crore out of the total Rs 4.13 expenditure all parties incurred on political advertisement on Facebook in February, as per the social media site’s Ad Archive Report.

11.48am: The present term of the present Lok Sabha will end on June 3. Polling will be held for 543 Parliamentary constituencies.

PIB India@PIB_India

#ElectionCommissionOfIndia to address media at 5pm today at Vigyan Bhavan, plenary hall. Media entry on the basis of #PIB card especially for the camera teams with their equipment.

Entry to begin by 3:30pm for camera teams to start setting up

11.00am: The Election Commission of India to hold a press conference at 5pm today.

Election Commission of India to hold a press conference at 5pm today.

10.39am: The Model Code of Conduct will come into force once the polling dates will be announced by the Election Commission at 5PM today.

                                               

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EVM Ballot Unit Found On Rajasthan Highway, Fans Tampering Worries

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  • EVM was found on the highway number 27 near Mugawali village
  • Two officials have been suspended on grounds of negligence
  • Counting of votes will be held on December 11

An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was found lying on a road in Shahabad area of Kishanganj Assembly Constituency in Baran district of Rajasthan on Friday.

After the voting in Rajasthan, the EVM was found lying unclaimed on the highway number 27 near Mugawali village in Baran district. And after the villagers reported about the same, the police took possession of the machine.

A seal on the EVM revealed that the machine was used during the election.

Two officials, Abdul Rafeek and Naval Singh Patwari, have been suspended on the grounds of negligence, according to news agency ANI.

A turnout of 72.7% was recorded in Rajasthan in Friday’s polling.

Around 52,000 polling booths, including at least one all-women booth in each constituency, were set up. More than 2 lakh EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used for the polling.

In the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, over 2,000 candidates are fighting for 199 assembly seats.

Counting of votes for the Rajasthan assembly election will be held on December 11.

 

 

 

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579 Candidates Withdraw Nominations Ahead Of Rajasthan Assembly Polls : EC

At least 579 candidates withdrew their nominations for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly polls on Thursday, an official said.

Among the prominent leaders who withdrew their nominations include Gyan Dev Ahuja and Bhawani Singh Rajawat whereas in the Congress, Ramchandra Sardana also decided not to contest the polls following talks with senior party leaders.

According to the chief electoral officer, 579 candidates have withdrawn their nominations and the figure is likely to be updated further.

Till November 19, 3,293 candidates had filed 4,285 nominations, of which 612 nominations were rejected, he said.

 

 

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Rajasthan: Total 3,294 file nominations for polls

In Rajasthan, total 3 thousand two hundred 94 candidates have filed nominations for the polls. Record 2 thousand 242 candidates filed their nomination on the last day yesterday.

AIR correspondent reports that according to Election Department, 3 thousand 12 male, 2 hundred 81 females and one transgender have filed nominations.

7 hundred 66 candidates from Scheduled Caste and 3 hundred 69 candidates from Scheduled tribes are included in the list of candidates. One thousand 5 hundred 25 persons have filed nominations as an independent candidate.

Maximum 71 candidates filed nominations on Kishanpole Seat and 65 persons filed nomination on Adarsh Nagar seat. Senior leaders of BJP and Congress now trying to convince their rebel candidates to withdraw their nominations.

In Telangana, a total of 3,584 candidates have filed their nominations. Over 2,000 nominations were filed yesterday alone. Congress filed the highest number of 300 nominations followed by TRS – 272, BJP – 270, BSP – 182, CPIM – 64 and TDP – 52.

Elections LIVE : Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 – 71.93% votes recorded in the second phase

64.8% polls recorded till 5 PM

64.8 per cent polling till 5 pm in second phase of elections in Chhattisgarh says Election Commission. Though polling officially closes at 5, those still in line and have been given slips will vote. Also, bear in mind that data released till 5 pm will have been tabulated a little earlier than that officials say.

In 2013, the total voting percentage was 77.12 per cent. Poll officials estimate final numbers to be around that, or a little higher perhaps.

Voter turnout recorded at 58.47% till 4 pm

At 4 pm, the voter turnout in the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections stood at 58.47%.

Chhattisgarh records 45% voter turnout till 2pm

Chhattisgarh records 45% voter turnout till 2 pm in the second phase of Assembly elections taking place on Tuesday.

Voter turnout at 25.2% till 12pm

At 12 pm, the voter turnout stood at 25.2% as polling for the second phase takes place Tuesday.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: With as many as 1,079 candidates in the fray, over 1.54 crore voters, including 77.53 lakh male, 76.46 lakh female and 877 transgender, will cast their votes today.

 

The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections began Tuesday for 72 of the 90 seats in the state amid tight security arrangements. With as many as 1,079 candidates in the fray, over 1.54 crore voters, including 77.53 lakh male, 76.46 lakh female and 877 transgender, will cast their votes today. While polling began at 7 am in two of the 19,336 booths, the rest are following the usual time of 8 am to 5 pm. To ensure peaceful polling, over one lakh security personnel have been deployed and extra vigil is being maintained in Naxal-affected districts of Gariaband, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jashpur and Balrampur.

The ruling BJP holds 43 of the 72 seats, with the party sweeping several areas in the Chhattisgarh plains in the 2013 elections. The Congress is confident of consolidating its position and overturning deficits in the plains with farmer anger against the BJP.

There is a third element for the first time in a bipolar state, after Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and the Communist Party of India (CPI) joined hands to contest the polls.

Chhattisgarh Polls : Scrutiny of nominations held for final phase of elections; Monday is last day of withdrawal

In Chhattisgarh, scrutiny of nominations for the second phase of assembly elections took place today.

AIR correspondent reports, in Chhattisgarh, more than two thousand six hundred nominations were filed by the candidates in 72 assembly segments, which are going for poll in second phase.

Yesterday was the last day for filing of nomination papers. On the last day, over one thousand three hundred nominations were filed.

In last assembly elections in the year 2013, one thousand eighty two aspirants had filed their nomination papers from these 72 constituencies.

More than one crore 53 lakh voters, including 76 lakh females, are eligible to exercise their franchise in second phase.

The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is November five. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur

Chhattisgarh has 90 constituencies. Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on November 12th and 20th.

 

 

 

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Braille-enabled EVMs, voter slips for the first time in Rajasthan

For the first time in Rajasthan, at all the polling stations across the state, braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used for visually impaired people. Voter slips in braille script too would be provided to all the visually impaired voters during the upcoming assembly election.

“EVM machines with in-built braille script will be used for the first time in the election this time in Rajasthan. All the new M3 EVM machines are enabled with braille. Such machines will be in all the booths,” said state chief electoral officer Anand Kumar.

There are 51,796 polling stations and 4,36,125 persons with disabilities (PwD) voters in the state. Around 72,694 voters are visually impaired.

Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or who have low vision. It is a tactile reading and writing system used by blind and visually impaired people who cannot access print material.

“The visually impaired persons can either go to polling stations with a companion or they can go on their own. If they go on their own, they are provided Braille-enabled voting facility. The ballot paper is attached to the ballot unit and in the same sequence ballot sheets in Braille script are also made available in the polling stations,” said deputy chief electoral officer Vinod Pareek.
“The braille sheets are given to the visually impaired persons when they arrive at the polling stations. From those sheets they can identify which serial number to press. After that they can go to the polling chamber, where they can feel the sheet which is attached to the unit and press the button they wish to. The new ballot units have these numberings in-built or inscribed,” he explained. There are about 76,000 such ballot units, he added.
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