The D-Day is here! Or rather E-Day is here! Which party will form the government? Who will be our next Prime Minister? The answers to these questions, that have been on for many months now, will finally be answered on Thursday. No doubt, the excitement and anticipation for the Lok Sabha election results are humongous and Simi Garewal’s tweet summed up the mood of the nation. The veteran actress wrote that she never experienced Indians so ‘passionately invested’ in the election as they were ‘alert, sceptical, suspicious, yearning, praying, desperate’ as if their ‘lives depended on it.’
A few hours after the clock ticked 12 o’clock and the D-Day began, the ‘Karz’ actress tweeted, “Never have I seen every Indian so passionately invested in the election. Alert. Sceptical. Suspicious. Yearning. Praying. Desperate - as if their lives depend on it. And yes, I guess it does..”
There couldn’t have been a better way to express what the county is going through right now.
Accompanied by high-pitched and intense election campaigning, the 2019 polls spanned seven phases across two months, ending on May 19, witnessing the Election Commission handling 22.3 lakh ballot units, 17.3 lakh VVPATs and 16.3 lakh control units. An estimated 67.11 percent voters turned up to cast their votes in this year's elections, which is among the highest-ever turnouts recorded in any parliamentary poll in India since its Independence. To put things into perspective, in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the voter turnout was just a little over 66%, whereas in the first ever elections in 1951-52, it was estimated to be 45%.
Counting of votes is set to begin at 8 am on May 23 in each of the 542 constituencies (the Vellore Lok Sabha polls had been countermanded).