Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday that elections to the Lok Sabha would be held in seven phases between April 11 and May19. Tamil Nadu, Puducherry would be covered in the second phase on April 18 and Kerala in the third phase on April 23.
He also said counting would be taken up only on May 23 after all seven phases were completed. The schedule had been drawn up in such a way to complete the process before the term of the current Lok Sabha ended on June 3, he said.
The Election Commission said 91 constituencies spread across 20 states will see polling on April 11, 97 constituencies in 13 states on April 18, 115 seats in 14 states on April 23, 71 seats in 9 states on April 29, 51 seats in 7 states on May 6, 59 seats in 7 states on May 12 and 59 constituencies in 8 states on May 19.
He said that the first phase covered 21 States of which poll will be held in a single day in Telengana, Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Lakshwadeep,Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, besides Uttara Khand.