Elections 2014 | Mumbai votes on April 24, 2014 | Loksabha Elections 2014 Maharashtra polls in three phasesThursday, March 6th, 2014
Loksabha Election 2014 : 48 Lok Sabha members will be elected in Maharashtra over three days in April.
India will vote for a new government from April 7 to May 12.
April 10th : The first lot of votes will be cast in 10 constituencies in eastern Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region.
These constituencies are Akola, Amravati, Buldana, Bhandara-Gondiya, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Nagpur, Ramtek, Wardha and Yavatmal-Washim.
April 17th : votes will be cast in 19 constituencies covering Marathwada and coastal Konkan regions.
These constituencies are Ahmednagar, Baramati, Beed, Hatkanangle, Hingoli, Kolhapur, Latur, Maval, Madha, Nanded, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Pune, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Shirur, Shirdi, Solapur, Sangli and Satara (19 seats).
April 24th : votes be cast in the remaining 19 constituencies in Mumbai region, parts of Vidarbha and northern Maharashtra.
These constituencies are Aurangabad, Bhiwandi, Dhule, Dindori, Jalna, Jalgaon, Kalyan, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Nandurbar, Nashik, Palghar, Raver, Raigad and Thane.
The main parties in Maharashtra are the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Aam Aadmi Party and some smaller groups.
The general election to be held on nine days will be different in many ways.
- This time, the Election Commission will maintain a “paper trail” of votes cast. When voters press the button on the voting machine, a bit of paper with the name and symbol of the party will briefly appear and then fall into a box
- For the first time, voters in a national election will have the option of choosing “None of the Above” (NOTA) if they don’t like any of the candidates in their constituency. The option was introduced in the December assembly election.
- For the first time, voter slips that guide people to polling stations will have photographs to check fake voting.
There are 100 million more voters this time since the 2009 national election.There are over 9,30,000 polling stations across India, more than the previous election, and it is a challenge to conduct polls in some areas that are difficult to reach. Electronic Voting Machines are usually sent by road, water, air, even using mules and elephants.
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