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Campaigning for 4th round of LS polls ends today
New Delhi, May 5
Campaigning will end today for the fourth round of the five-phase Lok Sabha polls on May 7, which will determine the electoral fortunes of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee of the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, among others
As many as 85 constituencies in seven states and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, involving a total electorate of 94,645,317 voters, will go to the polls in this round.
They include all seven constituencies in Delhi, all 25 in Rajasthan, three in Bihar, ten in Haryana, one in Jammu and Kashmir, four in Punjab, 18 in Uttar Pradesh and 17 in West Bengal.
In all, 1315 candidates will be in the fray in this round---1196 men and 119 women, making for an average of more than 15 candidates in each constituency. There are 22 constituencies which have more than 16 candidates. New Delhi with 41 candidates and Chandni Chowk with 40 are the constituencies which have the highest number of candidates. Gautam Buddh Nagar and Bulandshahr in UP have the highest number of women candidates at six each.
Among the national parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party has put up 82 candidates in this round, followed by the Congress and the BJP with 70 each, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) 21, the Communist Party of India 8, the RJD 2 and the Nationalist Congress Party with 6.
State parties account for 124 candidates and registered (unrecognised) parties for 323. There are as many as 609 independents in the fray for this round.
In all, 1,29,103 polling stations have been set up for this round and 1,71,902 electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used. About 6.5 lakh polling personnel will deployed to manage this phase of polling.
Polling has already been completed in 372 of the 543 constituencies going to the polls in the first three phases of polling on April 16, 23 and 30. Voting will be conducted for 86 seats in the last phase on May 13.
Counting of votes will be taken up on May 16 and all the results are expected by that evening.
The Lok Sabha has 545 seats, including two members of the Anglo-Indian community who are nominated by the President.
Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are the two states where polling is being held this time in five phases.
Bihar will have four phases of polling, while it will be in three phases in Maharashtra and West Bengal and in two phases in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Orissa and Punjab.
The remaining 15 states and the 7 UTs will have single-phase polling.
The tenure of the present Lok Sabha, the 14th, will expire in the normal course on June 1 and a new House is required to be constituted before June 2, as per the constitutional provisions.
The total electorate in the country, after the latest round of revision of electoral rolls, is about 714 million, an increase of 43 million over the figure for the last Lok Sabha elections in April-May, 2004.
This is the first time that the entire country, except Assam, Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir, is using Photo Electoral Rolls (covering 522 of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies and 82 per cent of the voters).
There will be 828,804 polling stations in the country as compared to 687,402 in the 2004 elections.
Of these, as many as 12,901 new polling stations have been set up for villages with less than 300 voters to address concerns of threat and intimidation to voters.
EVMs are being used in all the polling stations across the country, as was done during the last elections. There are 13,68,430 EVMs available in the country.