Odisha Legislative Assembly Elections 2019, All You Need To Know
As per the announcement of the Election Commission of India, the Loksabha Elections and the Legislative Assembly Elections (only for 4 states) will be held from April 11 in 7 phases. The first phase poll will be held from April 11 and the last or the 7th phase poll will be held on 19 May. Counting of the votes will also be held in the same month on 23 May. The states where only the Legislative Assembly polls will be held are Odisha, Andhrapradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, the Bidhansabha Elections in Jammu and Kashmir will not be held for now keeping in view of the recent Pulwama terror attack and emergency conditions. The Election Commission has also declared for the Code of Conduct ahead of the elections.
For the first time in the election history of Odisha, the upcoming general elections in Odisha will be held in 4 phases. Polls in Odisha will be held for both the 21 seats of Loksabha and 147 seats of the State Legislative Assembly from April 11 to April 29 in 4 phases. The poll counting will be held on 23 May. The four phases of dates scheduled for the polls to be held in Odisha are April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
Polls for 4 LokSbaha Seats along with 28 Bidhansabha will be held on April 11 in the first phase. The second phase voting will be held on April 18 for 5 Loksabha and 35 Legislative Assembly seats. The third phase will be held on April 23 for 6 Lok Sabha seats and 42 Legislative Assembly seats. The final phase will be held on April 29 for 6 Loksabha and 42 Legislative Assembly. The Code of Conduct has come into effect early from Sunday (10 March) evening.
The 2014 General Elections were hold in 9 phased while the upcoming 2019 general elections will be held in 7 phases. The first phase polls in Odisha will include the Loksabha and Vidhansabha seats of Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Brahmapur and Koraput constituency scheduled on April 11. Official notifications for the 1st phase polls will be released on 18 March. The concerned district collectors and returning officers would notify for filing the nominations on 18 March. The nomination of candidates for the first phase polls has been scheduled from March 18 to March 25.
The second phase polls are scheduled to be held on April 18. Voting for all the Loksabha and Vidhansabha seats under the constituencies of Bargarh, Sundergarh, Balangir, Kandhamal and Aska will be held in the second phase. The official notifications for the second phase polls will be published on March 19. The nomination filings for the second phase polls will be done between March 19 to March 26.
Similarly, the third phase Elections will be held on April 23 and polls will be held for 6 Loksabha and 42 Legislative Assembly seats. The constituencies included in the third phase are Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Puri, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. The official notifications will be released on March 28. Candidates can file their nominations from March 28 to April 4.
The fourth and final phase of Elections in Odisha will be held on 29 April. In this phase, voting will be held for 6 Loksabha and 42 Legislative assembly seats. The constituencies in which polls are scheduled to be held in the fourth phase are Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur. The official notice will come on April 2. The candidates can file nominations for the fourth phase elections from April 2 to April 9.
At present, many new voters are being registered in the voter list for the upcoming elections. Preparations are being made to ensure a free, unbiased, peaceful and disciplined voting in Odisha. As per the Voter’s list released on 21 January, a total number of 3 Crore 18 Lakh voters has been registered who can caste their votes in the upcoming elections. From today onwards, no new application form or any correction form shall be entertained. Only new names can be added to the previous voter list. Till now the state has identified 4 Lakh 70 thousand differently abled voters. Special vehicles and 25000 wheel chairs have been arranged for the physically challenged voters. A total number of 37,606 poll booths have been proposed for the voting in this election of 2019 in Odisha.
For the first time all over in Odisha, VVPAT system of voting are being planned to function along with the EVMs. A VVPAT (Voter-verified paper audit trail) is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly, to detect possible election fraud or malfunction, and to provide a means to audit the stored electronic results.
The Election Commission has supplied the necessary number of EVM and VVPAT machines for the purpose. To ease the voting process using the EVM and the VVPAT machines, 10,67,825 voters of 12,000 villages have been trained with the new voting technology.
Before casting the vote inside the polling booths, the Election Commission has made it mandatory to carry along with the Voter Od card, a proof of Identity out of any 12 issued by the Government. All these will be notified to the voters by advertisements and notices in the near future.