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Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Election Commission Announces Stringent Regulations Ahead of LS Elections 2024

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Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Election Commission Announces Stringent Regulations Ahead of LS Elections 2024
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In anticipation of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has released a set of regulations aimed at ensuring the integrity of the electoral process. Among the directives is a ban on the publication or publicizing of exit polls from 7 am on April 19 until 6:30 pm on June 1, 2024.

The ECI’s announcement, made on Thursday, also includes stringent restrictions on the display of any election-related content, including the results of opinion polls or other survey data, on electronic media during the 48-hour period leading up to the conclusion of the polls.

The Lok Sabha elections, touted as the world’s largest democratic exercise, are slated to commence on April 19 and will span a period of 44 days, culminating in the counting of votes on June 4.

The voting process has been divided into seven phases, with different states and union territories participating in each phase:

Phase 1 (April 19): Twenty-one states and union territories will cast votes across 102 constituencies.

Phase 2 (April 26): Thirteen states and union territories will participate in voting across 89 constituencies.

Phase 3 (May 7): Twelve states and union territories are slated to vote across 94 constituencies.

Phase 4 (May 13): Ten states and union territories will engage in voting across 96 constituencies.

Phase 5 (May 20): Eight states and union territories will cast votes across 49 constituencies.

Phase 6 (May 25): Seven states and union territories will participate in voting across 57 constituencies.

Phase 7 (June 1): Eight states and union territories will conclude the voting process across 57 constituencies.

With over 97 crore eligible voters and 543 Lok Sabha seats up for grabs, the stakes are high for political parties vying for power in the country’s legislative body. Additionally, several state assemblies, including those of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim, will also be conducting elections concurrently with the Lok Sabha polls.

Moreover, bye-elections are scheduled to take place in 25 assembly constituencies spread across 12 states during the 44-day electoral marathon.

The ECI’s stringent regulations underscore its commitment to ensuring a fair and transparent electoral process, free from undue influence or manipulation. As the countdown to the Lok Sabha elections begins, political parties and candidates are gearing up for an intense battle for the mandate of the people, with the hopes and aspirations of millions of citizens hanging in the balance.

 

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