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Exit Poll Results 2019: Lok Sabha elections survey results to come out after Election Commission deadline of 6.30 pm

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As per the Election Commission of India guidelines, no exit poll can be broadcast or published before 6.30 pm.

Exit Poll Results 2019: Lok Sabha elections survey results to come out after Election Commission deadline of 6.30 pm
With the final and seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 reaching its fag end on Sunday, the focus now inevitably shifts to exit polls with different agencies along with their media partners projecting their seat estimates for the two mainstream alliances and other political parties. Polling is currently underway across seven states and one Union Territory comprising the remaining 59 constituencies out of 543 Lok Sabha seats.
As per the Election Commission of India guidelines, no exit poll can be broadcast or published before 6.30 pm.
“The Election Commission of India, in the exercise of the powers under sub-section(1) of Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 has notified that the period between 7:00 am on April 11 and 6:30 pm on April 19 as the period during which conducting any exit poll is prohibited. The Election Commission said that publishing or publicising the result of exit poll by means of the print or electronic media or in any other manner shall be prohibited during the ongoing General election to the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim 2019 and by-elections from assembly constituencies,” the election body said in a media release.
After the conclusion of voting, various national pollsters like News18-IPSOS, India Today-Axis, Times Now-CNX, NewsX-Neta, Republic-Jan Ki Baat, Republic-CVoter, ABP-CSDS and Today's Chanakya — will release their predictions ahead of the counting of votes on May 23.
While precedents indicate that exit polls need to be taken with a pinch of salt as they not always come out to be correct, it nonetheless gives a glimpse of broader sentiment prevailing at the hustings.
Exit polls are different from opinion polls as the former encapsulates the results based on a survey of voting patterns and preferences after voters have cast their votes.
Network18 group's flagship general news channels CNN-News18 will begin their coverage of the exit polls from 4 pm onwards. The News18 exit poll has been has been conducted by Ipsos, world’s top international pollster that boasts a solid track record of predicting the electoral outcomes of several elections around the world with accuracy.
To envisage the number of seats likely to be won by each of the Political Parties (or alliances) contesting the general election, total 199 Parliamentary Constituency were selected out of 543 constituencies across 28 states of India.
Within the parliamentary constituencies, 796 assembly constituencies were selected, and then 4776 individual polling station areas were selected for conducting interviews. In each polling station, around 25 voters were randomly selected depending on the terrain and voter turnouts in that particular polling station. Total 1,21,542 voters were interviewed from 199 parliamentary constituency.
The News18 exit poll survey was conducted on the Election Day in all seven phases of the polling.
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