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Election Commission of India announces schedule for General Elections, 2014

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India Infoline News Service/ Mumbai 12:53 , Mar 05, 2014

Election Commission of India announces schedule for General Elections, 2014

The Highlights of the Schedules are indicated below:

POLL DAYS – GENERAL ELECTIONS, 2014
POLL DAY DATE OF POLL NUMBER OF STATES & UNION TERRITORIES NUMBER OF PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES
1 07.04.2014 2 6
2 09.04.2014 5 7
3 10.04.2014 14 92
4 12.04.2014 3 5
5 17.04.2014 13 122
6 24.04.2014 12 117
7 30.04.2014 9 89
8 07.05.2014 7 64
9 12.05.2014 3 41
TOTAL PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES 543


TOTAL NUMBER OF POLL DAYS IN STATES AND UNION TERRITORIES
TOTAL NO. OF POLL DAYS STATES AND UNION TERRITORIES
6 2
5 2
3 5
2 5
1 21

Counting will take place on 16.05.2014 (Friday) and is expected to be completed on the same day.

The Commission has decided to forward its recommendations to the President of India, for issuing 10 Notifications calling upon the Parliamentary Constituencies covered on each Poll Day in the States and Union Territories concerned to elect members to the House of the People. With this, the campaign days for the Constituencies for each Poll Day have been kept to the possible minimum.

GENERAL ELECTIONS TO LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLIES

The Commission has taken into account the fact that the tenure of the Legislative Assemblies of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim will expire on 02.06.2014, 07.06.2014 and 21.05.2014 respectively. It is also conscious of the fact that a new Assembly in Sikkim has to be constituted before 22nd May, 2014.

After taking into account all relevant factors, the Commission has decided to hold elections for new Legislative Assemblies for these three States, simultaneously with the General Elections to the 16th Lok Sabha. Elections to the different Assembly Constituencies in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha will   follow   the   same   Schedule   as   for   the   corresponding   Parliamentary Constituencies of which these are the relevant Assembly segments. For elections to the Legislative Assembly of Sikkim, the same Schedule as for  the corresponding Parliamentary Constituency will be followed for all stages up to the date of counting. The Commission has decided to forward its recommendations to the Governors of these three States, for issuing Notifications (under Section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951), calling upon the respective Legislative Assembly Constituencies to elect members to the concerned Legislative Assemblies, as per Schedule appended hereto at Statement-D.

BYE ELECTIONS TO LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLIES

There are 23 casual vacancies in Legislative Assemblies of 8 States, as on 03.03.2014. In regard to provisions of Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to these 23 Assembly Constituencies following the same schedule as for the relevant Parliamentary Constituency. Details of the Assembly Constituencies and the Day/ Date of poll are given in Statement-H.

Elections, free, fair, peaceful and participative, are the life force of democracy. By virtue of holding its first national election in 1952 India achieved the status of the world’s largest liberal democracy. Credible democratic elections at stipulated intervals have since enabled our nation, starting with deep- rooted social   hierarchies   and   developmental   backlog,   to   undertake   a   peaceful transformative journey for inclusion and empowerment of the common citizen and, thereby, become an inspiration to the whole world.

On the occasion of the 16th Lok Sabha Elections, the Commission:
  • Reassures the nation of its solemn resolve and deep commitment to fulfill its constitutional mandate to conduct free, fair, credible elections;
  • Exhorts the eleven million plus election machinery to rededicate themselves to the tasks associated with the conduct of elections as a sacred duty;
  • Appeals to all stakeholders and in particular, the political parties and candidates, to uphold the peerless democratic traditions of the nation by maintaining high standards of political discourse and fair play in course of their election campaigns; and
  • Calls upon all voters to reinforce the democratic ethos of the nation by turning up at polling stations and exercising their right to vote in an informed and ethical manner.
SCHEDULE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS – 2014

EXPLANATORY NOTE ON STATEMENTS

The Statements appended to the Press Note contain various terms and abbreviations, which are explained below:
Statement-A:
Poll Days signify the number assigned to a particular day on which Polling is to take place, in the National Schedule for Lok  Sabha elections. The first Poll Day of the nation is 7th April, 2014 (Monday) and the ninth (last) Poll Day is 12th May, 2014 (Monday).
Every reference to a Poll Day in the Press Note invariably refers to the Poll Day of the National Schedule.
Each Poll Day has a corresponding single Schedule except Poll Day 3, which has two Schedules 3A and 3B, necessitated due to local holiday on 22nd March, 2014(Saturday) in Bihar State.
Statement-B:
State/UT-wise abstract of number of Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) voting on different Poll Days and the corresponding Date and Day of the week for all the 543 PCs.
Abstract of State/UTs voting from a Single Poll Date to a maximum of Six Poll Dates.
Statement-C:
Complete Schedule (with Poll Event-wise dates) for each PC with its Number, Name and Type and corresponding Schedule Number (1 to 9) for all 35 States/UTs in their alphabetical order.
Statement-D
Abstract of Poll Days and Corresponding Schedules for 3 State Legislative Assemblies viz. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim.
Statements E, F and G:
Complete Schedule (with Poll Event-wise dates) for each Assembly Constituency (AC) with its Number, Name and Type and applicable Schedule(s) Number for the States of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim respectively.
Statement-H:
Details of Bye-elections to fill up 23 casual vacancies in Legislative Assemblies of 8 States with AC Number, Name and corresponding Date of Poll of the PC of which these ACs are a segment.

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA GENERAL ELECTIONS - 2014
POLL DAYS & CORRESPONDING SCHEDULE (LOK SABHA)
 
Sl
 
Poll Event
Poll Days
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Schedule-1 Schedule-2 Schedule-3A Schedule-3B Schedule-4 Schedule-5 Schedule-6 Schedule-7 Schedule-8 Schedule-9
1 Announcement & Issue of Press Note 05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
2 Issue of Notification 14 Mar 2014
(Friday)
15 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
15 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
13 Mar 2014
(Thursday)
19 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
19 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
29 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
02 Apr 2014
(Wednesday)
12 Apr 2014
(Saturday)
17 Apr 2014
(Thursday)
3 Last Date for filing Nominations 21 Mar 2014
(Friday)
22 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
22 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
20 Mar 2014
(Thursday)
26 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
26 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
05 Apr 2014
(Saturday)
09 Apr 2014
(Wednesday
19 Apr 2014
(Saturday)
24 Apr 2014
(Thursday)
4 Scrutiny of Nominations 22 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
24 Mar 2014
(Monday)
24 Mar 2014
(Monday)
21 Mar 2014
(Friday)
27 Mar 2014
(Thursday)
27 Mar 2014
(Thursday)
07 Apr 2014
(Monday)
10 Apr 2014
(Thursday)
21 Apr 2014
( Monday)
25 Apr 2014
(Friday)
5 Last date for withdrawal of Candidature 24 Mar 2014
(Monday)
26 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
26 Mar 2014
(Wednesday)
24 Mar 2014
(Monday)
29 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
29 Mar 2014
(Saturday)
09 Apr 2014
(Wednesday)
12 Apr 2014
(Saturday)
23 Apr 2014
(Wednesday)
28 Apr 2014
(Monday)
6 Date of Poll 07 Apr 2014
(Monday)
09 Apr 2014
(Wednesday)
10 Apr 2014
(Thursday)
10 Apr 2014
(Thursday)
12 Apr 2014
(Saturday)
17 Apr 2014
(Thursday)
24 Apr 2014
(Thursday)
30 Apr 2014
(Wednesday)
07 May 2014
(Wednesday)
12 May 2014
(Monday)
7 Counting of Votes on 16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
16 May 2014
(Friday)
8 Date before which the election shall be Completed 28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)
28 May 2014
(Wednesday)

Number of PCs 6 7 86 6 5 122 117 89 64 41

No of States/UTs In each Schedule 2 5 13 1 3 13 12 9 7 3

NOTE:
a)  Schedule 3B is only for Bihar (Separate schedule was required due to holiday on 22 Mar 2014)

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