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Maharashtra heads for polls in 4 phases

Maharashtra’s Chief Electoral Officer Ashwani Kumar arriving to address media at Mantralaya on Sunday.

Maharashtra’s Chief Electoral Officer Ashwani Kumar arriving to address media at Mantralaya on Sunday.  

Lok Sabha elections will be held in Maharashtra in four phases through the entire month of April, while Gujarat will go to polls in only one phase on April 23, announced Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, on Sunday.

Polling dates for the four phases in Maharashtra are April 11, 18, 23, and 29. Seven seats from Vidarbha will go to polls in the first phase while 10 from Vidarbha and Marathwada will be in the second phase. On April 23, voting will be held in 14 seats from Marathwada and Western Maharashtra, while the remaining 17 seats from north Maharashtra, Konkan and Mumbai will go to polls in the last phase.

Maharashtra heads for polls in 4 phases

Maharashtra’s Chief Electoral Officer Ashwani Kumar on Sunday said the model code of conduct has been implemented till the elections are over. As per the voter list published on January 31, 2019, the total number of voters in the State is 8,73,30,484, compared to 8,07,98,823 in 2014.

According to Mr. Kumar, the State has witnessed an increase of 65,31,661 voters and the gender ratio in the voters’ list too has gone up to 911, compared to 889 in 2014. Of the total increase, 42,45,945 will be the first-time voters, of which 25,13,657 are male, 17,32,146 female, and 142 have been registered as third gender. A total of 96.68% newly-distributed voter ID cards have photographs. Around 2,24,162 disabled voters have been registered this time.

In a clear change in demography, Maharashtra has seen reduction of around 6,000 polling centres in rural areas, while in urban areas, there is an increase of 11,996 polling centres. “It clearly shows the increased voters in urban areas,” Mr. Kumar said. In 2014, Maharashtra witnessed 60.32% polling while in 2009, the voting percentage was 50.67%.

Maharashtra heads for polls in 4 phases

Maharashtra for the first time will have 100% use of VVPAT machines, and a large-scale public awareness campaign has been launched throughout the State. A 24-hour helpline number 1950 has been initiated at all districts. State contact centre and district contact centres have been set up.

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