Election Commission on Sunday announced that Lok Sabha elections will start from April 11 and polling would be held over seven phases through May 19, followed by counting of all votes on May 23.
Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha, and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously, the Election Commission (EC) said. However, the polls for Jammu and Kashmir assembly will be held on a later date, as a ruling coalition between PDP and BJP dissolved.
The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.
In the first phase, 91 constituencies will to go for polls, 97 constituencies in the second phase, 115 constituencies in the third, 71 in the fourth phase, 51 in the fifth phase, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase.
Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora said the voter-verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used for the first time in all polling stations.