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16th Lok Sabha Elections schedule announced

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The schedule and details of 16th Lok Sabha Elections were announced today

pollsNew Delhi: The schedule and details of 16th Lok Sabha Elections were announced by Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath along with commissioners Nasim Zaidi and HS Brahma in New Delhi today. 

The elections will be held from April 7 to May 12 spread over nine days in the highest number of polling days so far involving an electorate of 81.4 crore, the Election Commission announced today.

Counting of votes in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will be held on a single day on May 16.

Sampath was at pains to clarify that it is not a nine-phased polling and the whole exercise will be over in 72 days, three days less than the last elections. The Model Code of Conduct for parties and governments comes into force with immediate effect, he said.

The schedule at glance is as follows:-

>> Bihar – 6 poll days – 10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 30th April, 7th May and 12th May

>> Nagaland – 1 poll day – 9th April

>> Tripura – 2 polls days – 7th April and 12th April

>> Chandigarh – 1 poll day – 10th April

>> Dadra and Nagar Haveli – 1 poll day – 30th April

>> Maharashtra – 3 poll days – 10th, 17th, 24 April

>> Goa – 1 poll day – 17th April

>> Uttar Pradesh – 6 Poll days – April 10th, April 17th, April 24th, April 30th, May 7th, May 12th

>> Tamil Nadu – 1 poll day – 24th April

>> Jharkhand – 3 poll days – 10th,17th, 24th April

>> Rajasthan – 2 poll days – 17th and 24th April

>> Gujarat – 1 poll day – 30th April

>> Delhi and Haryana – 1 poll day – 10th April

>> Kerala – 1 poll day – 10th April

>> Karnataka – 1 poll day – 17th April

>> Madhya Pradesh – 3 poll days –  10th, 17th, 24th April

>> Jammu and Kashmir – 5 poll days – 10th, 17th, 24th, 30th April, 7th May

The polling structure will be followed as mentioned below:-

>> 1st poll – 7th April 2014 – 2 states – 6 parliamentary constituencies

>> 2nd poll – 9th April – 6 states – 9 parliamentary constituencies

>> 3rd poll – 10th April – 14 states – 92 parliamentary constituencies

>> 4th poll – 12th April – 3 states – 5 parliamentary constituencies

>> 5th poll – 17th April – 13 states – 122 parliamentary constituencies

>> 6th poll – 24th April – 12 states – 117 parliamentary constituencies

>> 7th poll – 30th April – 9 states – 89 parliamentary constituencies

>> 8th poll – 7th May – 7 states – 64 parliamentary constituencies

>> 9th poll – 12th May – 3 states – 41 parliamentary constituencies

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