Now only about a month is left for the announcement of Lok Sabha elections 2024. Election Commission teams have visited Andhra Pradesh and taken stock of the election preparations there. Now the Commission team is visiting Bihar on 20th February and before that the team will reach Odisha on 15th. This team will include 8 officers including Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar. According to the information received so far, the Commission’s teams will test the preparations in all the states by the first week of March. After that, elections will be announced in the second week of March itself.
Elections can begin only at least 28 days after the announcement. In this way, the first phase of voting is also expected to be held by the second week of April. This entire election calendar will be more or less similar to the 2019 general elections, when the Election Commission had announced the elections on March 10 and the process ended on May 24. Election Commission teams go to the states and take stock of many aspects including security arrangements. After that, when the preparations are tested, then preparations are made to start the process.
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The Commission first visited Andhra Pradesh on 10 and 11 January. Now Odisha has a plan from 15th to 17th. Assembly elections are also to be held in these two states. In such a situation, more preparations will be needed here. After Odisha the team will reach Bihar. Then there is the plan for Tamil Nadu. According to sources, there will also be a tour of UP and Bengal by the end of this month. The team will also go to Jammu and Kashmir and the arrangements will be examined there for the assembly elections also. It is being said that once approval is received from the Home Ministry on security etc., assembly elections can also be held there.
Election Commissioner Anupchandra Pandey is retiring, new officer will be selected
Let us tell you that Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey is also going to retire. In such a situation, a new Election Commissioner also has to be selected before the Lok Sabha elections. The committee headed by PM Modi has held its first meeting regarding this. It is believed that by the time of Lok Sabha elections, there will be three Election Commissioners. It is estimated that this time around 11.8 lakh booths will be built across the country for the Lok Sabha elections. Not only this, the number of voters across the country can also increase to around 95 crores. In 2019 this figure was Rs 90 crore.