2019 The Lok Sabha Election: Everyone Should Vote
General Elections of Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies are going to start on tomorrow. It is the largest elections will be held for 543 seats on nearly 10 lakh polling booths across the country, with around 90 crore voters ready to exercise the franchise. There are 7 phases of Poll starting from 11th April 2019 till 19th May 2019.
It is estimated that about 900 million voters this time will be first-time voters. The actual number of people who do vote is far less. Even though 2014 saw the largest turnout ever in independent India’s history at 66.4 percent, it meant a huge 27.3 crore people did not vote.
The five-year term of the 16th Lok Sabha is going to expire on June 3, 2019. This general election is going to select the 17th Lok Sabha. The members of the largest party or alliance will then choose the Prime Minister. Assembly polls will also be held at the same time in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Odisha, which would make it the largest elections to be held across the country in decades.
The model code of conduct has already been kept in place for this year’s election where almost 2,000 parties and more than 8,000 candidates are competing for elections for 543 seats. The model code of conduct is a set of instructions that candidates and political parties and governments must follow to keep elections fair.
1st phase will be on 11th April 2019 in 91 constituencies on 20 states. 2nd will be on 18th April in 97 constituencies on 13 states. 3rd will be on 23rd April in 115 constituencies on 14 states. The 4th phase will be on 29th April in 71 constituencies on 9 states. The 5th phase will be on 6th May for 51 constituencies on 7 states. And the last phase will be on 19th May in constituencies on 8 states.
Votes counting will be decided on 23rd May 2019.
The Election Commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) together with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every polling station of all the States and Union Territories to increase the transparency and reliability of the election process as VVPAT allows the voter to verify his / her vote.
Valid photo Id is required document for voting, it can be Electors Photo Identity Card or any one of the eleven specific photo identity documents. But Photo Voter slips will not be considered as a valid stand-alone identification document for voting. So take your Id proof with you and get ready for this Lok Sabha election 2019.
Two-thirds of Indians are under 35. With 43 crore Indians having a smartphone, half a billion using the Internet, 30 crores using Facebook, 20 crore sending messages on WhatsApp and 3 crore users on Twitter, political parties and candidates are using new technology and social media to win the hearts and minds of young voters.
How to vote for 1st time
One can vote only if his/ her name is listed in the voter list. Voters can also get its information on polling booths.
- Initially, polling official will check for your name on the voter list and check your ID proof.
- Then 2nd polling official will ink on your finger, he/she will give you a slip and will take your signature on a register (Form 17A).
- You will have to submit that slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth
- Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your selection on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will listen a beep sound
- Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box
- You can press NOTA, None of the Above if you don’t like any candidate; it’s the last button on the EVM
Experience of voting
It is a really good feeling of voting 1st time. Every vote makes a difference. So instead of spending your holiday in waste thing such as watching television or movie any other things, one must be aware of the value of his vote.
Millions of poll workers, police and security employees are deployed in cities, towns, villages, and hamlets. They use planes, boats, trains, helicopters, elephants and camels and travel by foot to go far-flung voters so that every vote counts. Elections in India is nothing but a “festival of democracy.”