Lok Sabha Election 2019 Dates Announcement | 2019 Indian general election | Being Historian.
The Indian General Elections, 2019 is scheduled to be held in 7 phases from 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes will be conducted on 23rd May 2019 and on the same day the results will be declared.
Legislative Assembly elections in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim will be held simultaneously with the general elections.
The 543 elected MPs will be elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting. The President of India nominates an additional two members from the Anglo-Indian community if he believes the community is under-represented.
Eligible voters must be Indian citizens, 18 or older, an ordinary resident of the polling area of the constituency and possess a valid voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of India. Some people convicted of electoral or other offenses are barred from voting.
The election is scheduled to be held in 7 phases. The date of counting is May 23.
On 12 January 2019, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi launched the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election campaign, which sought a second term in government. Commentators have suggested that Modi and BJP will base their campaign on Hindu nationalism, relative to their 2014 campaign, which had emphasized job creation and economic development.
On the same day, both Mayawati (president of the Bahujan Samaj Party) and Akhilesh Yadav (president of the Samajwadi Party) announced an alliance to contest 76 seats out of the 80 in Uttar Pradesh and the alliance will not fight in Amethi and Rae Bareli as they are represented by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi . The alliance did not include Congress, which Mayawati explained: “Including Congress in the alliance will hurt SP-BSP prospects as Congress’s votes do not get transferred.” The alliance was the second of its kind with a similar coalition formed 25 years ago in 1993.