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13 May 2019 | 04:05 AM UTC

India: Final round of elections held May 19 /update 1

India News Alert

India to hold final round of elections on May 19 with results announced on May 23; heightened security measures expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

India will hold its seventh and final round of voting on Sunday, May 19, with election results being announced on Thursday, May 23. Polling for Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, will take place in constituencies in the states and territories of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Chandigarh. Disruptions to commercial activity, government services, and transportation are possible on Sunday and the days leading up to the vote. A heightened security presence is expected near all polling sites and near government and security force-related buildings. Clashes between rival political supporters cannot be ruled out.

The counting of votes will be held, and results announced on Thursday, May 23. Demonstrations, rallies, and protests are possible in the days before and after the announcement. Clashes between rival political supporters or with security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

India is holding general elections for Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, from April 11 to May 19. An estimated 900 million Indians are eligible to vote for 543 seats in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12, and May 19. Votes will be tallied and announced on May 23.

Advice

Individuals in India are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence and associated business, government, and transportation disruptions, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media.

 

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