The Indian government has announced a national election for the Lok Sabha in 2019, in a move to curb what it calls “lack of transparency and the influence of vested interests”.
India’s Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the issue on Friday.
The National Democratic Alliance government says it will hold the election on November 4, 2019, the day of the Hindu festival of Diwali, to ensure the country is ready for the next phase of its democracy.
The ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has already said it will run the 2019 election under a new electoral code.
The BJP has been a major supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and has been trying to make the country more democratic under his rule.
It has been seeking to make India more democratic, but many critics have accused the BJP of suppressing the vote.
The party says it wants to strengthen the country’s democracy through “surgical” reforms, and that it wants all voters to be able to cast their vote freely.
The Election Commission has already set out a “sensational” election campaign to woo voters.
The country’s elections will take place in 2019 under the current electoral code, which was introduced in the 1970s, but is being used under a revision due to the election being held under the new code.
It sets out rules for the distribution of votes, including who gets to cast them, who must be registered, and how to register people to vote.
India has held three general elections since the 1990s, and the last one, held in March this year, saw more than a million people register to vote in a turnout of 5.6 million.
The latest elections will be held on November 2, 2019.