Polling will be held on May 19 in Punjab and the results of Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be declared on May 23.
In 2014, the Election Commission had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.
With the announcement of polls, the Model Code of Conduct will come into effect from this evening bringing political advertising, campaigning and general conduct of political parties and leaders under the EC's scrutiny.
The other state assemblies and Lok Sabha have five-year terms.
With several general secretaries going to be in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections, the CWC will also be a last word on sharing of responsibilities as they will be in their respective states.
Announcing the seven-phase elections schedule across India, Chief Election Commissioner said that the Commission has been visiting the state and has been interacting with the political parties, the state administration and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Elections will also be simultaneously held for the state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
Almost 90 crore voters will be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. The J&K assembly was dissolved after the ruling coalition between the BJP and the PDP fell apart.
"We hope that the polling will be held in a free and fair manner and the EC will be impartial, proactive and responsive", he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora stated, "The I-T department will look into it and, if any, discrepancies are found then it will be uploaded on the Election Commission (EC) website and strict action will be initiated". It is generally believed that the Election will be held during the months of April and May.
"What happened to (Union Home Minister) @rajnathsingh's assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?" he asked in another tweet. While the first date of polling was April 20 and the last date was May 10.