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On Sunday evening, CEC Sunil Arora announced that the Election Commission will be implementing a comprehensive plan for the 2019 elections that will ensure that the polls are free and fair. In order to make the voting process smooth, the EC announced that different ways have now been introduced, through which a voter can cast their vote this Lok Sabha election.
Addressing a press conference the Election Commission said:
Apart from this, around 22.3 lakh ballot Units, 16.3 lakh control units and nearly 17.3 lakh VVPATs will be used for the forthcoming elections. In addition to this, basic facilities like drinking water, electricity, etc will be provided at all polling stations.
The Chief Election Commissioner also revealed that in comparison to the 814.5 million people who had voted in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, 900 million would be voting in 2019.
With the election dates being announced, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into effect.
The election is going to take place in seven phases instead of 9 as compared to 2014 elections.
With the dates for the all-important Lok Sabha polls now announced, the various political parties and the citizens of India have complete clarity on exactly when the country will once again undertake the largest exercise in democracy anywhere in the world.