Know These Interesting Facts About Lok Sabha Election 2024

2024 Lok Sabha Election: The Election Commission of India, chaired by CEC Rajiv Kumar, announced the dates of the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections at a Press Conference.

The Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar announced on Saturday that general elections for the 543 Lok Sabha Seats would be held in seven stages, beginning on April 19.

Points About Lok Sabha Election 2024

Seven Phases

The commission announced that the first phase of voting will take place on April 19 in 21 states and union territories.

The commission said that the second phase of voting for 89 constituencies, covering 13 states and Union Territories, will take place on April 26. And finally, on May 7, it will hold the third phase of voting for 94 constituencies covering 12 states.

The fourth phase will cover 96 seats and 10 states, and the fifth phase will cover 49 seats and eight states.

According to the election commission’s schedule, the sixth phase for 57 constituencies in parliamentary seats will take place on May 25, covering seven states and Union Territories, while the seventh and final phase for another 57 places is scheduled for June 1, covering eight state and union territories.

1.89 Cr First-Time Voters

Around 96.8 billion voters are eligible to vote in 543 constituencies, at more than 10.5 lakh voting stations, to elect the 18th Lok Sabha. The electorate includes 1.89 Crore first-time voters, 85 lakh of whom are women.

On June 16, the current 17th Lok Sabha will end its term. The Bharatiya Janata Party (led by PM Modi) is seeking to win a record-breaking third term in the upcoming election.

In the history of independent India, only Jawaharlal Nehru has served three consecutive terms as Prime Minister.

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Model Code Of Conduct

The Model Code of Conduct for Elections (MCC) is immediately effective upon the announcement of the poll dates.

The panel has instructed for swift, effective, and stringent enforcement of MCC in the first 72 hours of the announcement of the schedule of elections. It also advised extra vigilance as well as strict enforcement actions to be taken during the last 72 hours before the polls close.

Target 370 For The BJP

For the upcoming elections, the BJP and PM Modi have set a target for 370 seats and 400+ for the National Democratic Alliance.

The ruling coalition is facing the INDIA block, a grouping of opposition parties that includes the Congress.

The BJP released two lists with 265 candidates. Meanwhile, the Congress released at least 82 names in two lists.

The Lok Sabha election dates for 2019 were announced on March 10. Seven phases of voting were held between April 11 and May 19 for the election of members to the 17th Lok Sabha.

On May 23, 2019, the results were announced. The Bharatiya Janata Party under Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a landslide with 303 of the 543 members in the Lok Sabha.

Elections To The Assembly

The poll panel announced that elections for four state assemblies would also take place in conjunction with the Lok Sabha election.

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has 175 members, the Odisha Assembly has 147, the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly has 60, and the Sikkim Assembly has 32.

These four assemblies will also be ending their terms in June. On June 4, the results of the state assembly elections will be announced.

Jammu and Kashmir are not included in the list for assembly elections. The commission also announced the schedule for the 26 by-elections that will be held in conjunction with the general election.

Vote From Home

The Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar announced on Saturday that senior citizens and people with disabilities over 85 years old can use postal ballots to vote from home.

On March 10, 2024, there will be 81,87,999 senior citizens over 85 years old and 2,18,442 seniors above 100.

Flying Squads

The Election Commission of India issued a Standard Operation Procedure for Flying Squads and Static Surveillance Teams.

These teams are constituted to keep vigil on excessive campaign expenditure, the distribution of bribes in cash or kind, illegal weapons, ammunition, alcohol, or antisocial elements in constituencies during election processes.

Limit Of Rs 95 Lakh

According to the revised ceilings, the maximum limit for election expenses in a Lok Sabha seat is Rs95 lakh for all states except Arunachal, Goa, and Sikkim.

The limit is Rs75 lakh for these three states. The maximum limit per candidate in the Union Territories is Rs95 Lakh for the NCTs of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir and Rs75 Lakh for the other UTs

Social Media Ethics

According to the Election Commission, MCC and its related instructions apply to all content that candidates and political parties post on social media platforms.

The panel stated that, in light of the increasing number of incidents of social media misuse and due to the commission’s strong persuasion efforts, major social media platforms have agreed to adhere to the Voluntary Code of Ethics they formulated in March 2019. The panel said that this will also be applied to these elections.

The panel stated that “Social media cells in collaboration with Cyber Cell units in all districts have been formed for quick response to and action in accordance with the legal framework, including Information Technology Act 2000 (“IT Act”), and the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules) 2021.”

New Team

The schedule of the polls by the panel was released a day after two newly appointed commissioners, Gyanesh Kumna and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, took over on Friday.

The selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed the two as election commissioners on Thursday.

Interesting Facts And Figures by ECI

  1. The Lok Sabha Elections 2024 will be held in seven phases.
  2. In the Lok Sabha election of 2024, there will be a total electorate of 96.8 million.
  3. For the Lok Sabha elections in 2024, we have 1.8 million first-time voters. We also have 19.47 million voters aged between 20 and 29.
  4. In 12 states, the proportion of female voters exceeds that of male voters.
  5. This year, over 85 lakh women will be voting for the first time.
  6. There are 97 billion registered voters, 10,5 lakh polling stations, 1,5 crore officials and security personnel, 55 lakh electronic voting machines, and 4 lakh vehicles.
  7. ECI is committed to ensuring that all voters are included. The growth in voter categories, including 82 lakh PwDs and 2.2 lacs of 100+ voters, as well as 48k third-gender voters, shows this commitment.
  8. The world’s biggest electoral exercise of men and materials, the mammoth democratic exercise will deploy over 55 lakh EVMs.
  9. The Election Commission of India, led by CEC Rajiv Kumar, held a press conference to announce the dates of the upcoming Lok Sabha election in 2024. The Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar revealed on Saturday that the general elections for 543 Lok Sabha Seats will take place in seven phases starting April 19. The counting will take place on June 4.
  10. This will be the first general election following landmark events like the abolition of Article 370 and the construction of the Hindu Temple of Lord Ram at Ayodhya.
  11. Narendra Modi will run for elections in India for a third time.
  12. Elections to the Legislative Assembly in Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh will take place simultaneously with general elections. By-elections are also being held for 35 seats across 16 states.

The results of the general elections in 2024, also known by the name 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, will be announced on June 4, 2024.

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