Lok Sabha Elections 2014 Announced

  • Election Commission of India announced the dates and schedule of Parliamentary Polls 2014.
  • Elections for 16th Lok Sabha elections will be held from 7th April to 12th May spread over nine days in the highest number of polling days so far involving an electorate of 81.4 crore.
  • Counting of votes in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will be held on a single day on 16th May.
  • Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath flanked by ECs H S Brahma and S N A Zaidi announced today.
  • Assembly elections will also be held simultaneously in the states of Andhra Pradesh, including Telangana region, Odisha and Sikkim.
  • The Model Code of Conduct for parties and governments comes into force with immediate effect.

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  • The first polling day on 7th April will cover six Lok Sabha constituencies in two states, while the second on 9th April will cover seven constituencies in five states.
  • The largest chunk of 122 Lok Sabha seats will go to polls in 13 states on April 17, the fifth day of poll, while the sixth day will witness polling in 117 seats in 12 states on April 24.
  • CEC explained that irrespective of the appointed day for the creation of the new state of Telangana, elections will be held in the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies as they exist today.
  • The total electorate in the country as per final published E-rolls with January 1, 2014 as the cut-off date is about 81.45 crore compared to 71.3 crore in 2009, an increase of more than 10 crore electors.
  • Over 2.3 crore new electors in this age group of 18 to 19 years, constituting 2.88 per cent of total electors have been added.
  • The last election had seen an increase of 0.75 per cent in this age group.
  • The number of electors enrolled as “Others” gender that comprising transgenders is 28,314.
  • There are also 11,844 overseas electors in the current electoral rolls and another 13,28,621 service electors.
  • EC exhorted the 1.1 crore election officials to rededicate themselves to the tasks associated with the conduct of elections as a sacred duty.
  • The EC will use EVMs for the Lok Sabha elections and a total of over 17 lakh EVMs will be deployed during the polls.
  • For the first time in parliamentary polls, a system of paper trail for electronic voting will be introduced in some constituencies on a trial basis and the Commission is in the process of procuring 20,000 EVMs which will be deployed for this purpose.
  • The EC is also introducing a system of optional e-filing of affidavits by candidates to ensure that no omission is made out.
  • A candidate will have to file a hard copy of the affidavit along with the nomination paper.
  • In case a column is left blank, the Returning Officer will send a notice to the candidate for filing a fresh one, failing which the nomination is liable to be rejected following a Supreme Court directive in this regard.
  • The guidelines that followed Supreme Court directions in this regard have now been made part of the Model Code.
  • From the coming elections, candidates in a parliamentary constituency in bigger states can spend up to Rs 70 lakh on their campaign, up from Rs 40 lakh in 2011.
  • Another first in the Lok Sabha elections will be the introduction of “None of the Above” (NOTA) option in voting, which came into vogue in the assembly elections a few months ago.

State-wise polling days:

  • Andhra Pradesh: April 30, May 7
  • Arunachal Pradesh: April 9
  • Assam: April 7, 12, 24
  • Bihar: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12
  • Chhattisgarh: April 10, 17, 24
  • Goa: April 17
  • Gujarat: – April 30
  • Haryana: April 10
  • Himachal Pradesh: May 7
  • Jammu and Kashmir: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7
  • Jharkhand – April 10, 17, 24
  • Karnataka: April 17
  • Kerala: April 10
  • Madhya Pradesh: April 10, 17, 24
  • Maharashtra: April 10, 17, 24
  • Manipur: April 9, 17
  • Meghalaya: April 9
  • Mizoram: April 9
  • Nagaland: April 9
  • Odisha: April 10, 17
  • Punjab: April 30
  • Rajasthan: April 17, 24
  • Sikkim: April 12
  • Tamil Nadu: April 24
  • Tripura: April 7, 12
  • Uttar Pradesh: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7, 12
  • Uttarakhand: May 7
  • West Bengal: April 17, 24, 30, May 7, 12
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands: April 10
  • Chandigarh: April 10
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli: April 30
  • Daman and Diu: April 30
  • Lakshadweep: April 10
  • NCT/Delhi: April 10
  • Puducherry: April 24
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