VVPAT at all booths, candidates’ photo on EVMs: Key announcements by EC

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. (File)

VVPAT at all booths, candidates’ photo on EVMs: Key announcements by EC

Nearly 90 crore voters will be eligible to vote in 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. In 2014, the total electorate eligible to vote was 81 crore.

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha, and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. (File)

 

After much anticipation, the Election Commission on Sunday announced that Lok Sabha elections would begin on April 11 and would be held over seven phases till May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said.

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha, and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. However, elections for Jammu and Kashmir, which was dissolved after BJP walked out of an alliance with PDP last June, will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. Follow LIVE Updates here

Here are the top announcements by the Election Commission:

* The Election Commission said ‘voter-verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time along with electronic voting machines (EVMs).

* In order to facilitate the electors in identifying the candidates, photographs of politicians will be used on EVM ballot paper. “This will help avoid any confusion, which may arise when candidates with same or similar names contest from the same constituency. For this purpose, the candidates are required to submit to the Returning Officer, their recent stamp size photograph as per the specifications laid down by the Commission,” CEC Arora said.

* Ten lakh polling stations will be set up this time as against nine lakh in 2014.

* Nearly 90 crore voters will be eligible to vote in 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. In 2014, the total electorate eligible to vote was 81 crore. Of the 90 crores, 1.5 crores are new voters in the age group of 18 to 19.

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