EC announces dates for Assembly polls in five states

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday announced the dates for the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly polls.

While Chhattisgarh will go to the polls in two phases on November 12 and 20, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram Assembly elections will be held on November 28.

Polling in Rajasthan and Telangana will be held on December 7, announced Chief Election Commissioner (CEO) OP Rawat.

Counting of votes will be held across all the five states on December 11, he said.

With the announcement, the model code of conduct came into force in Rajasthan and Telangana with immediate effect. The term of the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, where the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power, expires on January 20, 2019.

Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolved the house last month — nearly nine months before its term was to end.

Chhattisgarh will go to elections in two-phase dates for the 90 seats of the Assembly on November 12 and November 20.
Giving details about Chhattisgarh assembly polls, Rawat said, “In the first phase, 18 constituencies of the southern part of Chhattisgarh, which are Naxal affected areas, will go to elections on November 12.”

“Voting for the rest of the 72 Assembly constituencies would take place on November 20″, Rawat added.

He said that for the first phase polls in Chhattisgarh, notification would be issued on October 16, while the last date for nominations would be October 23.

The scrutiny of the nomination papers would take place on October 24 and the last date for the withdrawal of the nominations will be October 26.

The notification for the elections in the rest of the 72 constituencies in the second phase would be issued on October 26, while the last day for nominations would be November 2.

He said that the scrutiny of the nomination papers would take place on November 3 and the final date for the withdrawal of the nominations was November 5. The results will be declared on December 12.

As for Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram assembly polls, Rawat said the term for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly expires on January 7, 2019, while the tenure of the 40-member Mizoram Assembly is till December 15, 2018.”

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