Voting to elect the 17th Lok Sabha will take place in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. The votes will be counted on May 23. The Model Code of Conduct came into effect immediately after the announcement.

Assembly elections for Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will be held along with the General Elections. The poll panel did not announce the dates for Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The first phase of the elections on April 11 will cover 91 constituencies across 20 states. In the second phase, 97 constituencies across 13 states will cast their votes on April 18. The third phase is scheduled for April 23, covering 115 constituencies in 14 states, followed by 71 seats in nine states on April 29. In the fifth phase, 51 seats in seven states will vote on May 6.

The sixth phase will take place in 59 seats in seven states on May 12 and the seventh in 59 seats across eight states on May 19.

Image: Election Commission of India
Image: Election Commission of India

The dates were announced at a press conference by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. The tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-year term expires on May 26.

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Here is the state-wise election schedule:

Andhra Pradesh: April 11

Arunachal Pradesh: April 11

Assam: April 11, April 18, April 23

Bihar: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12, May 19

Chhattisgarh: April 11, April 18, April 23

Goa: April 23

Gujarat: April 23

Haryana: May 12

Himachal Pradesh: May 19

Jammu and Kashmir: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6

Jharkhand: April 29, May 6, May 12, May 19

Karnataka: April 18, April 23

Kerala: April 23

Madhya Pradesh: April 29, May 6, May 12, May 19

Maharashtra: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29

Manipur: April 11, April 18

Meghalaya: April 11

Mizoram: April 11

Nagaland: April 11

Odisha: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29

Punjab: May 19

Rajasthan: April 29, May 6

Sikkim: April 11

Tamil Nadu: April 18

Telangana: April 11

Tripura: April 11, April 18

Uttarakhand: April 11

Uttar Pradesh: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12, May 19

West Bengal: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12, May 19

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: April 11

Chandigarh: May 19

Dadra and Nagar Haveli: April 23

Daman and Diu: April 23

Lakshadweep: April 11

National Capital Territory of Delhi: May 12

Puducherry: April 18

As many as 90 crore voters are eligible to participate in the elections. There will be around 10 lakh polling stations across the country, as compared to 9 lakh in 2014. Voter-verifiable paper audit trail will be used for all electronic voting machines.

The General Elections will be held to choose 543 members of the Lower House of Parliament. In the previous elections in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party had emerged victorious with 282 seats – the first time a party managed a majority on its own since 1984, and the first time a non-Congress party won more than half the electorate. After defections, resignations and demises, the Lok Sabha now has 522 members, with 268 from the BJP.

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