Indian General Election Dry Days in 2024

(or)
Dry Day and the Electoral Embargo
In Which the Nation Wants to Drink

The Elections are Here

Plan wisely.
Vote wiselier.

So… here we are. Elections. The big one. And this time around, it’s even bigger. 23 dry days across the entire country, spanning 49 days in 7 phases and 2 counting days. In addition to the Lok Sabha elections, four states are voting for their state assemblies: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Telangana, running simultaneously.



Phase 1

  • 17 April, Wednesday • Pre-election silence 1
  • 18 April, Thursday • Pre-election silence 2
  • 19 April, Friday • Polling day 3

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Everywhere

Arunachal Pradesh

Everywhere

Assam

Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kaziranga, Lakhimpur, and Sonitpur

Bihar

Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui, and Nawada

Chhattisgarh

Bastar

Jammu & Kashmir

Udhampur

Lakshadweep

Everywhere

Madhya Pradesh

Balaghat, Chhindwara, Jabalpur, Mandla, Shahdol, and Sidhi

Maharashtra

Bhandara-Gondia, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Nagpur, and Ramtek

Manipur

Inner Manipur and parts of Outer Manipur

Meghalaya

Everywhere

Mizoram

Everywhere

Nagaland

Everywhere

Puducherry

Everywhere

Rajasthan

Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Churu, Dausa, Ganganagar, Jaipur, Jaipur Rural, Jhunjhunu, Karauli–Dholpur, Nagaur, and Sikar

Sikkim

Everywhere

Tamil Nadu

Everywhere

Tripura

Tripura West

Uttar Pradesh

Bijnor, Kairana, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Nagina, Pilibhit, Rampur, and Saharanpur

Uttarakhand

Everywhere

West Bengal

Alipurduars, Cooch Behar, and Jalpaiguri


Phase 2

  • 24 April, Wednesday • Pre-election silence 1
  • 25 April, Thursday • Pre-election silence 2
  • 26 April, Friday • Polling day 3

Assam

Darrang-Udalguri, Diphu, Karimganj, Nagaon, and Silchar

Bihar

Banka, Bhagalpur, Katihar, Kishanganj, and Purnia

Chhattisgarh

Kanker, Mahasamund, and Rajnandgaon

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu

Karnataka

Bangalore Central, Bangalore North, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore South, Chamarajanagar, Chikkballapur, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kolar, Mandya, Mysore, Tumkur, and Udupi Chikmagalur

Kerala

Everywhere

Madhya Pradesh

Betul, Damoh, Hoshangabad, Khajuraho, Rewa, Satna, and Tikamgarh

Maharashtra

Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Wardha, and Yavatmal-Washim

Manipur

Parts of Outer Manipur

Rajasthan

Ajmer, Barmer, Banswara, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Jalore, Jhalawar-Baran, Jodhpur, Kota, Pali, Rajasmand, Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, and Udaipur

Tripura

Tripura East

Uttar Pradesh

Aligarh, Amroha, Baghpat, Bulandshahr, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Mathura, and Meerut

West Bengal

Balurghat, Darjeeling, and Raiganj


Phase 3

  • 5 May, Sunday • Pre-election silence 1
  • 6 May, Monday • Pre-election silence 2
  • 7 May, Tuesday • Polling day 3

Assam

Barpeta, Dhubri, Guwahati, and Kokrajhar

Bihar

Araria, Jhanjharpur, Khagaria, Madhepura, and Supaul

Chhattisgarh

Bilaspur, Durg, Janjgir-Champa, Korba, Raigarh, Raipur, and Sarguja

Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu

Everywhere

Goa

Everywhere

Jammu & Kashmir

Anantnag-Rajouri

Karnataka

Bagalkot, Belgaum, Bellary, Bijapur, Bidar, Chikkodi, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur, Shimoga, and Uttara Kannada

Madhya Pradesh

Bhind, Bhopal, Guna, Gwalior, Morena, Rajgarh, Sagar, and Vidisha

Maharashtra

Baramati, Hatkanangle, Kolhapur, Latur, Madha, Osmanabad, Raigad, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Sangli, Satara, and Solapur

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Aonla, Badaun, Bareilly, Etah, Fatehpur Sikri, Firozabad, Hathras, Mainpuri, and Sambhal

West Bengal

Jangipur, Malda Dakshin, Malda Uttar, and Murshidabad


Phase 4

  • 11 May, Saturday • Pre-election silence 1
  • 12 May, Sunday • Pre-election silence 2
  • 13 May, Monday • Polling day 3

Andhra Pradesh

Everywhere

Bihar

Begusarai, Darbhanga, Munger, Samastipur, and Ujiarpur

Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar

Jharkhand

Khunti, Lohardaga, Palamu, and Singhbhum

Madhya Pradesh

Dewas, Dhar, Indore, Khandwa, Khargone, Mandsaur, Ratlam, and Ujjain

Maharashtra

Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Beed, Jalgaon, Jalna, Maval, Nandurbar, Pune, Raver, Shirur, and Shirdi

Odisha

Berhampur, Kalahandi, Koraput, and Nabarangpur

Telangana

Everywhere

Uttar Pradesh

Akbarpur, Bahraich, Dhaurahra, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur, Kheri, Misrikh, Shahjahanpur, Sitapur, and Unnao

West Bengal

Asansol, Baharampur, Bardhaman Purba, Birbhum, Bolpur, Burdwan-Durgapur, Krishnanagar, and Ranaghat


Phase 5

  • 18 May, Saturday • Pre-election silence 1
  • 19 May, Sunday • Pre-election silence 2
  • 20 May, Monday • Polling day 3

Bihar

Hajipur, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran, and Sitamarhi

Jammu & Kashmir

Baramulla

Jharkhand

Chotra, Hazaribagh, and Kodarma

Ladakh

Everywhere

Maharashtra

Bhiwandi, Dhule, Dindori, Kalyan, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai South, Mumbai South-Central, Nashik, Palghar, and Thane

Odisha

Aska, Bargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, and Sundargarh

Uttar Pradesh

Amethi, Banda, Barabanki, Faizabad, Fatehpur, Gonda, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Kaushambi, Kaiserganj, Lucknow, Mohanlalganj, and Rae Bareli

West Bengal

Arambagh, Bangaon, Barrackpur, Hooghly, Howrah, Srerampur, and Uluberia


Phase 6

  • 23 May, Thursday • Pre-election silence 1
  • 24 May, Friday • Pre-election silence 2
  • 25 May, Saturday • Polling day 3

Bihar

Gopalganj, Maharajganj, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Siwan, Vaishali, and Valmiki Nagar

Delhi

Everywhere

Haryana

Everywhere

Jharkhand

Dhanbad, Giridih, Jamshedpur, and Ranchi

Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Puri, and Sambalpur

Uttar Pradesh

Allahabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Basti, Bhadohi, Domariyaganj, Jaunpur, Lalganj, Machhlishahr, Phulpur, Pratapgarh, Sant Kabir Nagar, Shrawasti, and Sultanpur

West Bengal

Bankura, Bishnupur, Ghatal, Jhargram, Kanthi, Medinipur, Purulia, and Tamluk


Phase 7

  • 30 May, Thursday • Pre-election silence 1
  • 31 May, Friday • Pre-election silence 2
  • 1 June, Saturday • Polling day 3

Bihar

Arrah, Buxar, Jahanabad, Karakat, Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, and Sasaram

Chandigarh

Everywhere

Himachal Pradesh

Everywhere

Jharkhand

Dumka, Godda, and Rajmahal

Odisha

Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, and Mayurbhanj

Punjab

Everywhere

Uttar Pradesh

Bansgaon, Ballia, Chandauli, Deoria, Ghazipur, Ghosi, Gorakhpur, Kushi Nagar, Maharajganj, Mirzapur, Robertsganj, Salempur, and Varanasi

West Bengal

Barasat, Basirhat, Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum, Jadavpur, Jaynagar, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar, and Mathurapur


Counting Days

  • 2 June, Sunday • Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh for state election results
  • 4 June, Tuesday • The whole country

Dry Hours

The 48-hour period before end of poll is a dry time. On paper, it’s 5pm two days before voting day to 5pm on the day. But these can be advanced or delayed, as decided by the powers-that-be in each area. Additionally, counting day is a dry day, until the constituency results are announced. Again, this can be extended to include the entire day.

Don’t come at us because it’s different from place to place. We have no way of knowing what happens in each neighbourhood.

1 Pre-election dry day 1

5pm onwards, or from the time specified locally, two days before voting.

2 Pre-election dry day 2

All 24 hours, the day before voting.

3 Polling day

Until 5pm, or after polling booths in the area close for the day.

4 Counting day

Usually until counting is completed, but local authorities can extend this period.



Postscript:

  • The list above was prepared manually, so there might be mistakes. They’ll be corrected as they’re noticed. Or as things change
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  • Uttar Pradesh really needs to be split up into several states of manageable size
  • Vote wisely, or we’ll have even longer elections the next time around

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