India, March 11 -- Voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will find, for the first time, the faces of the candidates along with their respective party symbols in the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission (EC) announced here on Sunday as it released the seven-phase schedule of the world's largest democratic exercise.

The commission has introducing a slew of new or improved measures as it aims to make the elections free, fair and transparent - with a dash of eco-friendliness thrown in for good measure. The poll panel announced that for the first time Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in all EVMs.

With the announcement of the elections, the model code of conduct came into force immediately, puttin...