Schedule of “Indian Union General Elections-2014” –Announced by the Election Commission of India

In India, the term of the 15th Lokh Sabha with a strength of 543 members, excluding 2 nominated members, of the Union of India will come to an end on 31st May 2014.

To form the 16th Lokh Sabha of the Union of India from 01st June 2014, the ‘General Elections’ are to be conducted by the ‘Election Commission of India’/ECI.

The present Election Commission of India comprise the following members:

  • Mr. V.S. Sampath- The Chief Election Commissioner,
  • Mr. H.S. Brahma-Election Commissioner and
  • Mr.S.N.A. Zaidi- Election Commissioner.
As announced by the Election Commisssion of India/ECT, the 2014 – General Elections in the Union of India  for the 16th Lokha will be held in 9 phases from 07th April 2014 to 12th May 2014 (April 7, 9, 10, 12, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and May 12) and the counting of the votes poled will be taken up on 16th May 2014.

The Electronic Voting Machines/EVMs will have the button for the option,  “none of the above” /NOTA for the voters to exercise their choice of voting to ‘none of the candidates’ contesting.

The following are the ‘States’ in India wherein, the ‘State Assembly’ elections will be conducted along with the ‘Union General’ elections for the Lokh sabha:

  • Andhrapradesh for 294 Assembly Seats,
  • Odisha for 147 Assembly Seats and
  • Sikkim for 32 Assembly Seats
This is the first time in the Indian election history, the polls are held in 9 phases, spread over two months.

The following are the details of the number of phases and the dates of polls in various states:-

The States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh will have the maximum of 6 phases each as detailed below:

  • Bihar: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12 and
  • Uttar Pradesh: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7, 12
The States of Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal will have 5 phases  each as detailed below:
  • Jammu and Kashmir: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and
  • West Bengal: April 17, 24, 30, May 7, 12
The States of ,Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand,Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will have 3 phases each as detailed below:
  • Assam: April 7, 12, 24
  • Chhattisgarh: April 10, 17, 24
  • Jharkhand – April 10, 17, 24
  • Madhya Pradesh: April 10, 17, 24
  • Maharashtra: April 10, 17, 24
The States of Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tripura will have 2 phases each as detailed below:
  • Andhra Pradesh: April 30, May 7
  • Manipur: April 9, 17
  • Odisha: April 10, 17
  • Rajasthan: April 17, 24
  • Tripura: April 7, 12
And all the remaining States and the Union Territories will have a single phase poll:
States as detailed below:
  • Arunachal Pradesh: April 9
  • Goa: April 17
  • Gujarat: – April 30
  • Haryana: April 10
  • Himachal Pradesh: May 7
  • Karnataka: April 17
  • Kerala: April 10
  • Meghalaya: April 9
  • Mizoram: April 9
  • Nagaland: April 9
  • Punjab: April 30
  • Sikkim: April 12
  • Tamil Nadu: April 24
  • Uttarakhand: May 7

Union  Territories:
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: April 10
Chandigarh: April 10
Dadra and Nagar Haveli: April 30
Daman and Diu: April 30
Lakshadweep: April 10
NCT/Delhi: April 10
Puducherry: April 24

Announcing the election schedule, the Chief Election Commissioner/CEC-Mr. Sampath said, this should not be viewed as phases and they are poll days.

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