Lok Sabha poll schedule:
1st phase: April 16, 2009 (124 seats)
2nd phase: April 23, 2009(141 seats)
3rd phase: April 30, 2009 (107 seats)
4th Phase: May 7, 2009 (85 seats)
5th phase: May 13, 2009 (86 seats)
Nearly 40 lakh civil personnel and 21 lakh police personnel will be used for elections.
The delimitation of parliamentary constituencies is over except for Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Assam and Nagaland. Out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, 499 have been redrawn following the delimitation.
There are a total of 71.40 crore voters with 4.30 crore of them will be eligible to vote for the first time.
There will be 8,28,804 polling stations for the General Elections.
The term of the 14th Lok Sabha ends on June 1, 2009 so the new Lok Sabha will have to be constituted by then.
Gopalaswami’s term ends on April 20, 2009, which means a major part of the elections to the 15th Lok Sabha will be held under Chawla’s supervision.
In the 14th Lok Sabha the UPA had 217 members, the NDA 185 while the Left Front had 60 MPs.