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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | FAQs: When are the exit polls?

Here’s a short primer on what exit polls are and when the electorate can see the exit polls.
Last Updated : 18 April 2024, 14:07 IST
Last Updated : 18 April 2024, 14:07 IST

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The 2024 Lok Sabha election will be held in seven phases, starting on April 19 and followed by April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1. The counting of the votes will take place on June 4. However, prior to the election results, all eyes will be on the exit polls.

Here’s a short primer on what exit polls are and when the electorate can see the exit polls. 

What are exit polls?

Exit polls are voter surveys that any news organisation and independent agency undertakes after voting has been concluded to gauge the mood of the people and understand who is likely to emerge as a winner. The exit polls provides information about how votes were cast in the election, the voting pattern and thereby helping in forecasting the winners of the polls. 

Although the exit polls are not completely reliable, it can help in understanding the rough estimation before the actual results are declared. 

What is the difference between opinion polls and exit polls?

In opinion polls, you can get the information regarding whom the voter plans to vote for while exit polls can help in understanding whom the voter actually voted for in the election. The exit polls can give the electorate as well as the parties some idea about what is to follow post-voting.  

When are the exit polls for the Lok Sabha elections 2024?

The much-awaited exit polls will be announced after the last phase of Lok Sabha elections concludes. 

On Friday, April 19, following the conclusion of polling in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024, The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced a ban on exit polls from 7.00 AM, 19 April, till 6.30 PM, 1 June 2024. Following the ban, the exit polls will out by June 2.

In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had issued strict guidelines, prohibiting the conduct, publication, and making public the exit polls till the voting is concluded. It had also warned of severe penalties in case of any violation of its regulations.

The ECI had prohibited electronic and print media from publishing or publicising any article or programme related to the dissemination of results of exit polls during the prohibited period.

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Published 18 April 2024, 14:07 IST

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