A woman has an indelible mark painted on her finger before casting her vote at a polling station in Varanasi, India. (Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/ Bloomberg)

Seven Phases, Candidate Photos, VVPATs: All You Need To Know About Lok Sabha Elections 2019

India will hold Lok Sabha elections in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and counting will take place on May 23. The outcome will decide whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins a second term as leader of the world’s largest democracy.

Seven Phases, Candidate Photos, VVPATs: All You Need To Know About Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Nearly 90 crore voters would be eligible to exercise their franchise in 543 constituencies across the country, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said. 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time compared with nine lakh in 2014, he added. Voter-verifiable paper audit trail will be used in all polling stations for the first time.

The model code of conduct, which bars the government from announcing any policies that may influence voters, will come into immediate effect from Sunday.

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. However, elections for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls due to security reasons, the Election Commission said.

Here’s all everything you need to know about the Lok Sabha elections 2019:

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