Dear Friends,

This is election time and I am starting a new series of articles to provide useful facts and figures.  I think this will give a lot of awareness about election in our country. This will continue till the election ends. The facts and figures will be from Newspapers, Internet and Television.

  1. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar is not contesting the election :

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar announced that he would not contest Lok Sabha Election 2019.  Pawar said he was dropping out for his nephew Ajit Pawar’s 28 year old son Parth, who would contest from Maval Lok Sabha Seat.

In six decades, Sharad Pawar successfully fought 14 elections.  He has never seen defeat.  Sharad Pawar will concentrate on campaigning and negotiating with like-minded smaller parties.

  1. BJD reserves 33% seats for women in 2019 Lok Sabha Election:

Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik said that Biju Janata Dal (BJD) would field 33% women candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha Election.  He termed this move “a benchmark for womens’ empowerment in the country”.

Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha seats.  This year 7 women candidates (33%) will contest from BJD.  In 2014 Lok Sabha Election BJD had won 20 out of 21 seats.

  1. Voters turn out :

Voters turn out has increased from 46% in 1951-52 to 66% in 2014 election.

  1. Voters who voted :

There were roughly 815 million voters in 2014 but just 550 million exercised their right to vote.

  1. First time voters (18-19 years age) :

Lok Sabha Election 2019 will see over 1.5 crore first time voters.  These voters in the age group of 18-19 years constitute 1.66% of the total electorate.  The 2/3rd of Indians are under 35 years of age.

  1. Over 40% tickets to women by TMC (Trinamool Congress) :

The Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool congress said the bar higher by naming 17 women – over 40% – in the list of 42 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls.  In the outgoing Lok Sabha, 35% of its MPs were women.

  1. Election Commission (EC) to get about 10% less security in 2019:

The Election Commission has to conduct the Lok Sabha Polls next month with about 10% less security forces than 2014 owing to heavy troops deployment at the border.

  1. Deployment of Central Forces :

The central forces deployed on election duty are to be drawn from the following 7 forces :

(i) Assam Rifles (AR) (ii) Border Security Forrce(BSF) (iii) Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) (iv) Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) (v) Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) (vi) Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and (vii) National Security Guard (NSG).

Compiled by… Ratikanta Singh

(This series will continue…)