Election 2019 – Schedule
A total of 543 Lok Sabha seats will be contested in General Election 2019, which will be held in 7 phases.
- Phase 1: April 11 (91 constituencies across 20 states)
- Phase 2: April 18 (97 constituencies across 13 states)
- Phase 3: April 23 (115 constituencies across 14 states)
- Phase 4: April 29 (71 constituencies across 9 states)
- Phase 5: May 6 (51 constituencies across 7 states)
- Phase 6: May 12 (59 constituencies across 7 states)
- Phase 7: May 19 (59 constituencies across 8 states)
Counting of votes will be done on May 23 and results will be declared on the same day.
Political parties participating in 2019 General Election
As many as 1,841 political parties and around 8,000 candidates are in the fray for election 2019. The primary fight will be between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). However, a third-front known as Mahagathbandhan has also emerged in this year’s election. Mahagathbandhan includes political parties like BSP, SP, etc. Other political parties in the fray include CPI (M), TDP, YSR Congress, BJD, AAP, and TMC. A number of independent candidates are also contesting General Election 2019.
Key stats for election 2019
Total eligible voters for election 2019 is around 90 crore, which is approximately 9 crores more than 2014 general elections. The total number of new voters this year is around 13 crore. There will be more than 10 lakh polling stations and around 1.1 million electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used. Aiming to reduce controversies related to EVMs, the election commission will be using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) at all polling stations this year.
Overview of 2014 general elections
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had made a clean sweep by winning 282 seats out of 427 contested. In comparison, Congress tally was down to 44 seats. However, things are expected to improve for Congress this year, as most exit polls predict more than 100 seats for UPA.
Election 2019 is very important for youth and the country’s progress. It’s the youth that drives a country’s economy, and this prominent force will need the right direction in the coming years. India is expected to become the third largest economy by 2030 with a GDP of $10 trillion. So, a lot of work needs to be done over the next decade, and youth will have a prominent role to play in achieving this objective. Election 2019 provides youth with the opportunity to decide their future and in doing so, the fate of the country. This opportunity is available to all people of India, who want to see their country emerge a powerful and respected nation in the world.