The largest democracy in the world, India will vote for its new government at the center in April this year. And that makes this entire process of voting and election all the more significant. The term of current Lok Sabha will end on June 3.
Over the years, a lot of changes have been introduced by the Election Commission in the country to ensure fair and easy voting. Recently during an interaction with the media, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora said that they are introducing some new features in the voting process. Here are the top 10 things that you must know about the upcoming LS Elections 2019:
1. Elections To Be Held In Seven Phases
The election process will begin on April 11 and will be held in seven phases. The Phases include:
- Phase one – 11 April
- Phase two – 18 April
- Phase three – 23 April
- Phase four – 29 April
- Phase five – 6 May
- Phase six – 12 May
- Phase seven – 19 May
The results of the election will be declared on May 23.
Faces Of CandidatesTo Be Displayed On Screen
This time around the faces of the candidates will be displayed on the screen. So while voting the voter will be able to see the candidate and his symbol at the same time on the screen.
10 Lakh Voting Booths To Be Used
In the 2014 general elections, the Election Commission used 9 lakh voting booths. In the LS Elections 2019, 10 lakh voting booths will be used. If needed, the EC might think of opening an auxiliary booth.
15 Million Young Voters
This year approximately 15 million voters will be voting for the first time and will be in the age group of 18-19 years. It is going to be a major decisive factor for the results of Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Use Of Android App To Record Malpractices Allowed
According to CEC, the voters have the right to record malpractices during voting using an Android app and send it to the Election Commission. It will be mandatory for a representative of the government to reply to such complaints and recording within 100 minutes.
Social Media To Carry Certified Political Advertisements
The Chief Election Commissioner has said that all the leading social media networks and search engines like Google, Facebook, and YouTube will be carrying certified political advertisements.
Voter Helpline Number
Voters can use the helpline number 1950 for getting access to their voting details and about election schedule through telecommunication.
Election Booths To Use VVPAT
This time around the election booths will be compulsorily using voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) for voting. It is a feature first used in Goa elections and then in Gujarat assembly elections. This feature is used to make sure that the vote given by the voter goes to the right candidate.
90 Crore Voters To Vote In LS Elections 2019
Around 900 million voters will be voting in LS Elections 2019 for 543 constituencies of the Lok Sabha across India. And around 84 million voters will be voting for the first time.
Candidates Required To Furnish Their Social Media Details
With the internet and social media coming to the fore as major influencers during elections post-Donald Trump’s win in 2016 US Elections, the EC of India does not want to take any chances. That is why the Election Commission has made it compulsory for all the candidates to provide their social media details while filing for the candidature.
Hopefully, with these new features and developments, the LS Elections 2019 will be much transparent and fair than ever before.
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