Lok Sabha election on April 19, results on May 22? Explanation of Election Commission of India

Lok Sabha election on April 19, results on May 22?  The poll panel clarifies.

The Lok Sabha election dates are expected to be announced next month.

New Delhi:

The election schedule is announced through a press conference and not circulated through text and WhatsApp messages, the Election Commission has clarified following a fake message claiming that the Lok Sabha polls on April 19. are going to happen.

The complete schedule of general elections was shared in the fake message. He said that implementing the election code of conduct would be notified on March 12. The fake message said that the last date for filing nomination papers was March 28. In the fake message, the polling date was April 19 and the result day was May 22.

The fake message, in which the letterhead of the poll body can be seen, started circulating on WhatsApp groups. Many questioned how the general elections could be held in a single phase.

Amid the confusion, the Election Commission yesterday clarified that the viral message is fake. “A fake message is being shared on WhatsApp about the schedule of #LokSabhaElections2024. #FactCheck: The message is #Fake. No date has been announced by #ECI yet,” he posted on X said in the post.

“The election schedule is announced by the commission through a press conference,” the polling body added. He also used the hashtag “#VerifyBeforeYouAmplify” to push the point that people should verify facts before forwarding messages.

This comes a month after an internal note circulated by the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer's office had sparked confusion. The note mentions April 16 as the provisional “polling date” to help authorities speed up preparations.

The Chief Electoral Officer's office clarified that the date was mentioned only for “reference” for officials to plan activities. “Some queries from the media are coming in with reference to a circular from @CeodelhiOffice to clarify whether April 16 is the provisional polling day for the Lok Sabha elections. It is clarified that the date is mentioned only as ' Reference' was made to plan the activities of the officials as per election planner. ECI,” the poll officer's office posted on X.

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