2023 Assembly Election Updates: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday announced the schedule for holding assembly elections in five states, including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram. Elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases: the first phase of voting will be held on November 7. The second phase will be held on November 17. The legislative elections in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 17. Voting in Mizoram will be on November 7, while Rajasthan will go to polls on November 23 and Telangana on November 30. in a single phase.
The counting of votes in the five states will take place on December 3, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar announced at a press conference. These were the last assembly elections before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The Model Code of Conduct came into force with the announcement of the election dates. Elections in five states are crucial as they will be held months before the Lok Sabha elections in April-May next year.
The term of the Mizoram assembly ends on December 17. The Mizo National Front is in power in the northeastern state. The terms of the legislative assemblies of Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan end on different dates in January next year. Follow complete election coverage
While the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) rules Telangana, Madhya Pradesh is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Congress is in power in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
Rajiv Kumar said nearly 16 million voters will be eligible to vote during the five assembly elections in Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.
Kumar said these five states will have 1.77 lakh polling stations. Of them, 1.01 lakh stations will have webcasting facilities. More than 8,000 polling stations will be managed by women.
Elections in the five states will feature 8.2 million male and 7.8 million female voters, the Election Commission said. There are 60.2 lakh first-time voters.
“We have met here after a gap of six months. These elections are important for the country and then we will meet to announce the Lok Sabha elections,” Kumar added.
“We have met all stakeholders, including political parties and law enforcement agencies, while preparing for assembly elections in Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, MP and Telangana,” he said.
The electoral panel added that it has placed special emphasis on making electoral rolls inclusive and that the focus will also be on roll-to-poll to ensure that all voters turn out to vote.
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(With contributions from agencies)