India will witness 2019 Parliamentary Elections in seven phases – April 11 to May 19, the Election Commission announced it on Sunday. It also meant the Code of Conduct for elections coming into effect.
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be setting up a contest between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a second term, and the Opposition parties that are trying to stitch up a coalition against his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Votes cast in the seven phases—on April 11, 18, 23 and 29 and May 6, 12 and 19—will be counted on May 23, said Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, adding that voting in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal will be spread across the seven-phase election.
Elections for the Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha will be held simultaneously along with Lok Sabha polls, the CEC said.
Jammu and Kashmir will vote for the Lok Sabha in five phases, but there will be no Assembly elections in the militancy-affected state for now, according to Arora.
An election commission team had visited Jammu and Kashmir, where the assembly was dissolved last year, to speak to stakeholders and has decided to appoint three special observers to monitor polling there, he said.