The political drama of government formation will begin at the Rashtrapati Bhavan [ Images ] on Saturday afternoon.
Here is the chronology of events that will take place after the results are out:
May 16, 4 pm: The Election Commission will hold a press meet to announce the consolidated list of the 543 elected members of the Lok Sabha
May 17, 10 am: The Election Commission's full bench will meet at the Nirvachan Sadan, with Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla [ Images ], Election Commissioners SY Quraishi and VS Sampath and three deputy election commissioners in attendance, to affix a stamp on the consolidated list of 543 MPs
May 18, 11 am: Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar will convene a meeting of the committee of secretaries to coordinate and also monitor the agenda of the formation of the 15th Lok Sabha and the swearing in ceremony.
May 18, 4 pm: CEC Chawla, with his colleagues SY Quraishi and VS Sampath, will meet
President Prathibha Patil to hand over the list of the elected members
With the President's signature, a proclamation of the 15th Lok Sabha shall be constituted.
May 18, 7 pm: The Rashtrapathi Bhavan [ Images ] shall issue a press communique informing the country that the 15th Lok Sabha has been elected.
May 19, 3 pm: President Prathibha Patil will meet Speaker Somnath Chatterjee [ Images ] and hand over the list of the new members of the Lok Sabha. She will instruct him to identify from the list a senior MP, who has been elected more than 7 or 8 times to the Lok Sabha, as a Protem Speaker.