The Election Commission of India has announced the dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2014. The elections will begin on 7 April and end on 12 May.
16 May has been set as the counting date and the EC will complete counting on this day.
With the final dates being announced, the model code of conduct has also come into being in the country from today itself. The elections will be held in 9 phases.
Below are the dates and the number of constituences in each state that will go to poll on a particular day:
7 April: 2 states will have polls in 6 constituencies. The states are Assam, Tripura.
9 April: 5 states will have polls in 7 Parliamentary constituencies. The states are Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.
10 April: Elections will take place across 12 states and 3 union territories in 92 Parliamentary constituencies. The states are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi. The union territories are Chandigarh , Lakshwadeep Islands and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
12 April: Polls will be held in 3 states in 5 constituencies. States on the list are Assam, Tripura and Sikkim.
17 April: The polls will take place across 13 states in 122 constituencies. States on the list are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Mahararashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
24 April: Elections in 12 states across 117 constituencies. States where polls will take place are Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Mahararashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.
The only union territory on the list is Puducherry.
30 April: Elections take place in 9 states across 89 constituencies in the country. The states are Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal. Two union territories where elections will take place are Dadra and Nagar Havelli and Daman and Diu.
7 May: Polls take place in seven states and will cover 64 constituencies. States on the list are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
12 May: This is the last date for polls where elections will take place across 41 constituencies in three states. States on the list are Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
And now the list according to the states and union territories in alphabetical order:
Andhra Pradesh - 30 April and 7 May
Arunachal Pradesh - 9 April
Assam - 7 april, 12 April and 24 April
Bihar - 10 April, 17 April, 24 April, 30 April, 7 May and 12 May
Chhattisgarh - 10 April, 17 April and 24 April
Goa - 17 April
Gujarat - 30 April
Haryana - 10 April
Himachal Pradesh - 7 May
Jammu Kashmir - 10 April, 17 April, 24 April 30 April and 7 May
Jharkhand - 10 April, 17 April and 24 April
Karnataka - 17 April
Kerala: 10 April
Madhya Pradesh: 10 April, 17 April and 24 April
Maharashtra: 10 April, 17 April and 24 April
Manipur : 9 April and 17 April
Meghalaya : 9 April
Mizoram: 9 April
Nagaland: 9 April
Odisha: 10 April and 17 April
Punjab: 30 April
Rajasthan: 17 April 24 April
Sikkim: 12 April
Tamil Nadu: 24 April
Tripura: 7 April and 12 April
Uttar Pradesh: 10 April, 17 April, 24 April, 30 April, 7 May, 12 May
Uttarakhand: 7 May
West Bengal: 17 April, 24 April, 30 April, 7 May and 12 May
Andaman Nicobar Islands: 10 April
Chandigarh: 10 April
Dadra and Nagar Haveli: 30 April
Daman and Diu: 30 April
Lakshadweep: 10 April
NCT Delhi: 10 April
Puducherry: 24 April