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Lok Sabha elections: More poll phases in 2014, seats more evenly bunched in 2019

Although the 2014 polls were held over a higher number of phases, some states will have their polls more spread out in 2019.

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At an EVM training centre at Barama Higher Secondary School in Assam’s Baska district on Sunday. (Express photo by Dasarath Deka)

The schedule for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, declared Sunday, is more evenly distributed among its seven phases than the 2014 polls were across nine phases. Last time, two of the phases covered 122 and 117 constituencies respectively while four other phases covered less than 10 seats each, including one covering just two seats. This time, all seven phases cover between 51 and 115 seats each.

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Although the 2014 polls were held over a higher number of phases, some states will have their polls more spread out in 2019.

The elections in Bihar and UP were held over six phases in 2014; both those states as well as West Bengal will have polls over seven phases in 2019. Last time, West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir had five-phase polls; this time, J&K is the only state with five phases.