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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Schedule: Election Commission to announce today

Ahead of the announcement of the election dates, the election panel has asked the poltical parties to keep armed forces out of their poll campaigns

Sunday March 10, 2019 1:08 PM, ummid.com News Network

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Date

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India is set to announce today, i.e. Sunday March 10, the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Parliament election also known as General Elections, schedule in a press conference at 05:00 pm, media reports said.

"Election Commission of India to hold a press conference at 5:00 pm today", news agency ANI said. The agency did not reveal the agenda of the press conference. However, it is expected that the Election Commission of India will announce the poll schedule in the press meet called today.

The announcement of 2019 election schedule has already been delayed by about a week if compared with 2014 when the poll schedule was out on March 05.

The Election Commission has received flak from a section for the delay. Critics accused the Election Commission of giving time to Prime Minister Modi who is on an "inauguration spree". According to a rough estimate, Modi, accused of poor performance in the last five years, has inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 157 projects in the last 30 days.

The term of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 03. Last year Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister on May 26, 2014. In 2014, the BJP had bagged majority on its own by winning 282 seats in Lok Sabha. The NDA won 336 seats. The opposition Congress had won just 44 seats.

Election Commission of India sources said the 2019 general election will be be spread over seven to eight phases in April-May to elect the 543 members of the new Lok Sabha. The majority mark is 272 seats.

Sources also said that the Lok Sabha election 2019 is expected to begin on April 10 and end on May 15. The election notification for the first phase is expected to be out in the last week of March.

The Election Commission of India is also likely to announce the assembly election dates in Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, sources said.

The Model Code of Conduct will come into force once the polling dates are announced by the Election Commission.

Ahead of the announcement of the election dates, the election panel has asked the poltical parties to keep armed forces out of their poll campaigns.

"It is pertinent to mention here that the Armed Forces of a nation are the guardian of its frontiers, security and the political system. They are apolitical and neutral stakeholders in a modern democracy. It is therefore necessary that political parties and leaders exercise great caution while making any reference to the Armed Forces in their political campaigns," The EC said in a notice sent to all political parties.

"The Commission accordingly calls upon all political parties to advise their candidates/leaders to desist from displaying photographs of Defence personnel or photographs of functions involving Defence personnel in advertisements or otherwise as part of their election propaganda/campaigning," it added, demanding strict compliance from the parties concerned.

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