LS Elections 2019: EVMs to carry candidates’ photographs

LS Elections 2019: EVMs to carry candidates’ photographs

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday and 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014.

The Election Commission of India announced the election schedule for the entire country on Sunday.

The survey conducted by India TV-CNX, between March 1 and March 7 in 193 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies, also predicted a surge of the Congress with its tally likely to nearly double compared with the last general elections.

The Commission also said that official voter slip bearing the photo of the elector (wherever present in the roll) will be distributed at least five days before the polling date.

The commission announced that it is introducing a mobile app for citizens to record any violation of code of conduct.

The Centre and the state administration, being managed by the Centre-appointed Governor, are against holding the two elections together.

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In the press briefing, Arora said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification and the candidates will have to give details of their social media accounts to the EC. Platforms have to the commission that they will have dedicated grievance officers to take action. In this show, we discuss the usage of social media and resulting spread of fake news, but also what the young voters will look for in this national election.

While the term of the Sikkim assembly ends on May 27, 2019, the terms of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh assemblies end on June 18, June 11 and June 1 respectively.

The first phase of general elections will be held on the 11th of next month, the second phase on 18th April, and third on 23rd April.

After the chief election commissioner's announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished "all political parties and candidates the very best for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections".

The state has been under President's Rule after the ruling alliance between the BJP and Peoples Democratic Party fell apart previous year.

The Election Commission informed that the photograph will be printed on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) ballot units as well as on postal ballot papers.

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