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LS POLLS-2024 | 1st phase of elections today

In J&K, the Udhampur constituency will go for polls on Friday, Tamil Nadu’s all 37 seats will go to polls, and in Uttar Pradesh, eight out of 80 seats will go for the first phase.
ls polls 2024   1st phase of elections today
Chennai, Apr 18: EVMs being dispatched from the strong room to their respective polling booths in Chennai, ahead of single-phase polling in Tamil Nadu on April 19, on Thursday. ANI

New Delhi, Apr 18:  As the dawn breaks on Friday, April 19, India stands at the precipice of one of its most critical democratic exercises – the Lok Sabha polls.


With the first phase of polling set to commence, the nation is abuzz with anticipation, gearing up for an important journey of civic duty and democratic participation.


The first phase of polls marks the beginning of a high-stakes democratic process.


In this initial phase, voters across 102 parliamentary constituencies spanning 21 states will cast their ballots, setting the stage for an electoral showdown.


In J&K, the Udhampur constituency will go for polls on Friday, Tamil Nadu’s all 37 seats will go to polls, and in Uttar Pradesh, eight out of 80 seats will go for the first phase.


Following the Election Commission of India (ECI)’s planned schedule, the Lok Sabha polls are slated to unfold in seven phases, reflecting the vast diversity and complexity of the country’s electoral landscape.


With each phase, citizens will exercise their constitutional right to elect representatives who will shape the nation's trajectory for years to come.


The conclusion of this electoral journey will be the declaration of results on June 4, an occasion that will determine the country’s next Prime Minister.

As the nation awaits the outcome with bated breath, the democratic spirit of India shines brightly, underscoring the power of the people to chart their collective destiny through the ballot box.

Preparations have been underway with fervour across several states.

The ECI, the custodian of India's electoral process, has orchestrated a symphony of logistics to ensure the smooth conduct of elections.

ECI has outlined the schedule, earmarking states such as Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and others for voting on this consequential day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday concluded his campaign in Assam and Tripura.

His fervent appeal to voters resonated with the essence of the moment – a call to embrace the responsibility of shaping the nation's destiny.

Meanwhile, leaders of the opposition, including Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, have been actively rallying support for their respective candidates, epitomising the vibrant mosaic of Indian democracy.

PM Modi penned personal letters to all National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders, coinciding with the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami.

Emphasising the transformative potential of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi articulated a vision of a resurgent India marching steadfastly towards a brighter future.

His rallying cry, “It is Modi’s Guarantee that we will work 24X7 for 2047,” encapsulates the unwavering commitment to national progress and development.

Against the backdrop of these national elections, the ECI has assumed a pivotal role in ensuring the sanctity of the electoral process.

In a move towards transparency and accountability, the ECI has publicly disclosed its enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during the first month of its operation.

Acknowledging the commendable compliance of political parties with the MCC, the ECI has remained vigilant against any deviations from ethical campaigning practices.

The commission has taken a firm stance against derogatory remarks and offensive behaviour, holding party leaders accountable for upholding the dignity and honour of all citizens, particularly women.

The ECI’s resolute efforts in curbing the influence of money power have yielded remarkable results. With seizures amounting to over Rs 4650 crore – a substantial increase from previous elections - the commission has demonstrated its resolve to uphold the integrity of the electoral process.

By targeting illicit inducements and electoral malpractices, the ECI seeks to level the playing field and preserve the essence of democracy.

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