Assembly Election 2023 Updates: On Monday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the dates for assembly elections in five states: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram. The election in Chhattisgarh will be held in two stages, with the first stage taking place on November 7. The second round will take place on November 17. Madhya Pradesh will hold legislative elections on November 17. Mizoram will hold elections on November 7, Rajasthan on November 23, and Telangana on November 30 in a single phase.
The counting of ballots in all five states will take place on December 3, according to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar at a news conference. These were the final assembly elections before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The Model Code of Conduct went into effect with the publication of election dates. The polls in five states are critical because they take place months before the Lok Sabha elections in April and May of next year.
The Mizoram assembly’s term ends on December 17. The Mizo National Front rules the northeastern state. The tenure of Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan legislative assembly expire on separate days in January of next year.
While the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) governs Telangana, the Bharatiya Janata Party governs Madhya Pradesh. In Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the Congress is in control.
During the five assembly elections in Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana, over 16 crore citizens would be eligible to vote, according to Rajiv Kumar.
According to Kumar, these five states would have 1.77 lakh voting locations. Webcasting will be available at 1.01 lakh of these stations. Women will handle almost 8,000 voting booths.
According to the Election Commission, 8.2 crore male and 7.8 crore female voters will vote in the five states’ elections. There are 60.2 lakh new voters.
“We’ve gathered here after a six-month hiatus. These elections are vital for the country, and we will meet after this to declare the Lok Sabha elections,” Kumar remarked.
“We have met all stakeholders, including political parties and enforcement agencies, while planning for assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, MP and Telangana,” said the deputy chief minister.
The poll panel also stated that it has placed a specific emphasis on making electoral rolls inclusive, as well as on “roll-to-poll” to guarantee that all voters come to vote.