NEW DELHI: Polling for 542 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats will conclude on Sunday evening. In the seventh and the final phase of the keenly contested Lok Sabha election 2019, voting is taking place in 59 seats across seven states and one Union Territory. Zee News will show the "poll of polls" which will include details of all the exit poll surveys released by different pollsters and TV news channels.
Once polling concludes at 6 PM on May 19, various pollsters and news channels - Today's Chanakya, Republic-CVoter, ABP-CSDS, News18-IPSOS, India Today-Axis, Times Now-CNX, NewsX-Neta - will release their exit poll results on Lok Sabha election 2019 about the number of seats different parties are likely to win on May 23 when the counting of votes takes place and results are declared.
The exit polls prediction for the political parties and their alliances will start coming in once voting concludes for the seventh phase of Lok Sabha election and the Election Commission of India lifts the embargo on airing exit polls. The Election Commission had in March issued an advisory to the media saying exit polls can only be telecast after the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections ends on May 19. The advisory is also applicable for Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim.
Though the exit poll predictions may not always be true, pollsters claim they give an idea of the emerging political situation. Usually, private pollsters or agencies working for newspapers and broadcasters ask voters to know who they actually voted for and based on their replies, they predict the trends/results.
Election predictions based on exit and opinion polls have gained much traction in the past decade with television's reach increasing in India alongside the mushrooming of news portals.
Campaigning for the seventh and last phase of 2019 Lok Sabha election, which will see 59 seats going to the polls on May 19, ended on Friday.
In West Bengal, the campaigning ended on Thursday due to orders of Election Commission, which curtailed the campaign period in West Bengal by a day following violence involving BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata during a roadshow of BJP chief Amit Shah.
Over 10.1 crore voters will decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They will cast their ballot at over 1.12 lakh polling stations.
Polling will take place on remaining eight constituencies of Bihar, three of Jharkhand, eight of Madhya Pradesh, 13 of Uttar Pradesh, nine of West Bengal and all the four of Himachal Pradesh, 13 of Punjab and the lone seat of Chandigarh.