The world's largest democratic election began in India on Thursday, with 543 seats in the lower house of parliament up for grabs and roughly 900 million eligible voters headed to the polls in seven phases through May 19. All votes will be counted on May 23 and an additional two members will be nominated by the president.
As India goes to polls, author Chetan Bhagat took to Twitter to wish all the votes a 'Happy Voting Day'. He wrote:
Meanwhile, twenty states with 91 seats will go to polls during the first phase of the polls.
Below are the states and the number of seats which will go to polls on Thursday:
Certain states will also undergo Assembly parallelly 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.
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.
State-wise timings breakdown: