Election Commission briefs the media after the first phase of Lok Sabha election concludes:
(As of 5 PM)
Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha: We have been successful in conducting the first phase of polls in a free, fair & peaceful manner. There has been no untoward incident whatsoever reported in the polls. The failure rate of EVMs has been under 1%.
Poll % till 5 PM
Poll percentage of Jammu and Kashmir:
3 injured in Arunachal clash during polling:
At least three persons were seriously injured in a clash between supporters of two rival
political parties under Tali assembly constituency of Arunachal Pradesh during polling.
Voting percentage as of 2 PM:
Poll percentage as of 1 pm
Uttar Pradesh voting percentage till 1pm
Bihar overall voting percentage till 1pm
TDP activist killed in clashes that broke out in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district,
Voter turn out across states:
Polling percentage as of 12 PM
Poll percentage in Assam:
Poll percentage as of 11 am:
Poll percentage as of 11 AM:
Union Minister Smriti Irani in Amethi ahead of filing her nomination.
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma on the way to cast his vote:
Poll percentage as of 9:00 AM
Voter turn out report:
Voters turn out as of 9 a.m:
Overall poll % in the State is 11.43%.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, along with family members, casts his vote in Nagpur.
Here's what the voters of Nagpur had to say:
Voter turn out as of 9 AM:
Republic TV speaks to AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad as he casts his vote.
Election Commission releases data of voters turn out as of 9 AM.
I have been in constant touch with the people and I am sure we will emerge victorious: Chirag Paswan, Lok Janshakti Party speaks exclusively to Republic TV
The one who has contributed for the nation, whose intention is pure, everyone should vote for that candidate: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev speaks to Republic TV ahead of casting his vote.
Voter turnout as of 9 AM
List of EVMs not working as of 9 AM:
Booth Number - Assembly Constituency
Janasena Party MLA candidate Madhusudhan Gupta damages EVM at Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district as names of candidates names weren't displayed properly. He has been detained.
900 million Indians -- young and old--are casting their votes as the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections kick off.
People will vote for development. People believe in me and I will stay true to them: Praful Patel, NCP leader
Citizens from all walks of life come out to exercise democracy as India goes to polls.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, along with family members, casts his vote as 2019 Lok Sabha Election kicks off.
I am very confident. Voting will go well. I am pretty sure people are looking for a change: YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy ahead of casting his vote.
A Session of mock polling underway in Telangana as voting to begin from 8 am.
Visuals from Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla as voters queue up to cast their vote for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
BJP's General VK Singh visits the temple as 2019 Lok Sabha Elections kick off.
"Today is the first phase to bring change. To make this as a historical day, all those who want to save democracy, want a stable government should go out of their house to cast their votes", tweets former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav
I have worked for the people: BJP's candidate from Muzaffarnagar constituency, Sanjeev Balyan, speaks to Republic TV as he waits in a queue to cast his vote.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat present at polling booth number 216 in Nagpur to cast his vote.
Prime Minister Modi urges citizens to turn out in large number to cast their vote as 2019 Lok Sabha elections commence.
Voters queue outside polling booth in Cooch Bihar, West Bengal ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
As Lok Sabha Election begins, Republic Media Network gets you the pulse from every corner of the Nation.
The public has seen the work of the last five years, they know how much Ghaziabad has changed: BJP's General VK Singh who is seeking re-election from the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat.
State-wise timings breakdown:
Polling will be held in 91 out of 543 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 20 states and Union Territories in the first phase on Thursday.
The voting time in most of the Parliamentary Constituencies going to polls in the first phase is between 7am-6pm. However, in certain sensitive areas and North East States the timings will vary from 7am-5pm/ 7am-4pm/ 7am-3pm.
The much-awaited Lok Sabha elections 2019 will begin on April 11, 2019. The Phase I of the polls will be held on Thursday.
Twenty states with 91 seats will go to polls during the Phase I of the polls.
Andhra Pradesh - 25
Assam - 5
Bihar - 4
Chattisgarh - 7
Jammu Kashmir - 2
Maharashtra - 7
Manipur - 1
Meghalaya - 2
Mizoram - 1
Nagaland - 1
Orissa - 4
Sikkim - 1
Telangana - 17
Tripura - 1
Uttar Pradesh - 8
West Bengal - 2
Andaman Nicobar Islands- 1
Adilabad, Peddapalle, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Zahirabad, Medak, Malkajgiri, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Chevella, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda, Bhongir, Warangal, Mahabubabad, Khammam, Araku, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Anakapalle, Kakinada, Amalapuram, Rajahmundry, Narsapuram, Elluru, Machilipatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Narasaraopet, Bapatla, Ongole, Nandyal, Kurnool, Anantapur, Hindupur, Kadapa, Nellore, Tirupati, Rajampet, Chittoor, Arunachal West, Arunachal East, Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Jamui, Baramulla, Jammu, Wardha, Ramtek, Nagpur, Bhandara-Gondiya, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Chandrapur, Yavatmal-Washim, Outer Manipur, Shillong, Tura, Mizoram, Nagaland, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur, Koraput, Sikkim, Tripura West, Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Cooch Behar, Alipurduars, Bastar, Tehri Garhwal, Garhwal, Almora, Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Hardwar, Lakshadweep and Andaman Nicobar Islands
The polls will see seats from where high profile candidates (including Union Ministers) are fighting.
Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju, VK Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Hansraj Ahir, Agatha Sangma, Mukul Sangma, Harish Rawat, Ajay Tamta, Jayant Chaudhary, Satyapal Singh, Nabam Tuki, Renuka Chowdary, Nama Nageswara Rao, Chirag Paswan, Asaduddin Owaisi are some of the key canidates contesting polls during Phase I.
Assembly elections will be held in four states parallely on April 11, 2019.
The single phase state polls will be held in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, while the first phase of four phase state polls for Odisha will be held concurrently along with the general elections.