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“India’s Lok Sabha Elections Set for 7-Phase Polling, Results Due June 4: A Comprehensive Breakdown”

The much-anticipated Lok Sabha elections in India are scheduled to unfold across seven phases, marking a significant electoral event for the nation. Announced by the Election Commission of India (EC), the polling process for the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will span from April 19 to June 1, with the culmination of vote counting set for June 4.

The phased approach to polling is designed to ensure comprehensive coverage and effective management of the electoral process. Phase I kicks off on April 19, followed by subsequent phases on April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1, each targeting specific constituencies across various states and Union Territories.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the phases:

  • Phase 1: April 19 – 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union Territories.
  • Phase 2: April 26 – 89 constituencies spanning 12 states and Union Territories.
  • Phase 3: May 7 – 94 constituencies covering 12 states and Union Territories.
  • Phase 4: May 13 – 96 constituencies in 10 states and Union Territories.
  • Phase 5: May 20 – 49 constituencies across 8 states and Union Territories.
  • Phase 6: May 25 – 57 constituencies in 7 states and Union Territories.
  • Phase 7: June 1 – 57 constituencies across 8 states and Union Territories.

With the implementation of the model code of conduct from March 16 onwards, the electoral landscape is set to uphold fairness and transparency throughout the process, extending beyond polling day until the conclusion of vote counting.

Reflecting on past elections, the voter turnout in both the 2019 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections demonstrated significant engagement, with over 67 percent participation recorded in the previous cycle. Notably, the 2019 elections witnessed the highest-ever women’s participation, underscoring the evolving dynamics of Indian democracy.

Environmental consciousness is also at the forefront of the EC’s agenda, with efforts underway to minimize single-use plastic and promote eco-friendly practices during the electoral process. Additionally, measures to restrict the flow of illicit money, as evidenced by the stringent monitoring of cash movements, aim to uphold the integrity of the electoral process.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar emphasized the commitment to preventing violence and maintaining peace throughout the electoral period, reaffirming that swift action will be taken against any instances of unrest or misconduct.

In a significant announcement, the EC revealed that the by-polls in 26 constituencies and four state assemblies will coincide with the Lok Sabha elections, streamlining the electoral calendar for maximum efficiency. This synchronicity extends to states such as Odisha, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh, where simultaneous polling will occur, further consolidating the electoral landscape across the nation.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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