Lok Sabha Election On April 19, Results On May 22? Know More

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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The Election Commission has issued a clarification regarding a fake message circulating on WhatsApp that claimed to share the schedule for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Commission emphasized that election schedules are officially announced through press conferences and not circulated via text messages.

The misleading message shared a detailed schedule for the general election, asserting that the polls would be notified on March 12, triggering the implementation of the model code of conduct. According to the fake message, the deadline for filing nominations was March 28, with the polling date set for April 19 and the results expected on May 22.

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The message, which included a letterhead of the Election Commission, raised questions about the feasibility of conducting the general election in a single phase. Responding to the confusion, the Election Commission officially declared the viral message as fake in a post on X.

“A fake message is being shared on WhatsApp regarding the schedule for #LokSabhaElections2024. #FactCheck: The message is #Fake. No dates have been announced so far by #ECI,” stated the Election Commission, emphasizing the importance of verifying information before amplifying it. The Commission also used the hashtag “#VerifyBeforeYouAmplify” to stress the need for fact-checking before sharing messages.

This clarification comes a month after an internal note from the office of Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer created confusion by mentioning April 16 as the tentative “poll date.” The Chief Electoral Officer’s office clarified that the date was provided for “reference” to assist officials in planning activities according to the Election Planner of the Election Commission.

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