Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March. Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and Assembly polls schedule. Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May.
Elections will be held in seven phases. The EC announced the General Elections 2019 Schedule in New Delhi. After the announcement of the election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force.
The Election Commission had convened a meeting to assess preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections. In the meeting, Polls in Jammu and Kashmir was also reportedly discussed.
Importance of voting in a democracy :
Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.
Code of conduct – election dates :
According to Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, “ 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 term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. As soon as the elections dates were announced, the model code of conduct came into force.
Lok sabha 2019 : elections dates announced :
The 543 elected Members of the Parliament 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 offences are barred from voting.
Karnataka Elections dates declared :
The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase. The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.
Karnataka will send 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha
For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase. There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.
The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.
Total number of LS seats in Karnataka: 28
Here are the dates and number of seats that will go on polls
Phase II– The election will be held on April 18 on 14 seats.
Bengaluru votes on April 18.
Phase III– The election will be held on April 23 on 14 seats.
Election dates – Filing of Nomination :
According to the EC, for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.
For those 14 constituencies going to the polls on April 23, the last date for filing nominations is April 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is April 8.
Elections dates in Karnataka :
List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka
Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi
Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore,
Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru
Chikkballapur and Kolar.
Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga.
Different phases of voting :
Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.
The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.
Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling.Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.
The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.
Neutral voters :
Neutral voters are being wooed by the political parties using social media. AS elections dates are announced, Congress party targets BJP turf social media in the coming General elections 2019.
Chasing of voters has begun. The political parties are targeting neutral voters with the help of voter intelligence software. The parties are planning to tap every voter thru automated phone calls, text messages and WhatsApp messages.
Role of social media – general elections dates declared 2019 :
Social media platform is going to play a major role in the country’s general election 2019. This alone is to corner Rs.12000 crore in political ad spends.
The most common platforms of mass social media includes news paper, radio, television, magazines, internet, facebook, twitter etc.
India has become a digital society where social media has set itself in the lives of people. The country ranks on the top of the list in the countries with the highest number of Facebook users.
Social media platforms are setting for a major windfall in this years general elections. According to media experts, the advertising spends on social media will see a major of 150%.
“Walk to vote” – elections dates announced :
Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. In many countries, the minimum age for voting is 18 years.
Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.
Right to vote:
Right to vote energizes social awareness since it empowers political cooperation. The citizens can follow the progress of the political representatives and the legislature.
This consistent process enables the general population to settle on educated choices about whom to vote in favor of in the following term. Also, the legislature can’t generally act arbitrarily when the entire nation is observing.
Every adult is given the right to vote, irrespective of sex, class, occupation and so forth. This is representative of uniformity and congruity.
It is a fundamental right in which all citizens get an opportunity to choose who represents them.
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