New Delhi: Assembly elections will be held in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Delhi between November 11 and December 4 this year. Counting of votes will be held on December 8, a Sunday, for all the five states, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath announced today.
Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh will vote first in two phases for its 90 Assembly seats on November 11 and 19. The rest of the states will have single-phase elections.
Madhya Pradesh will vote for its 230-seat Assembly on November 25. Rajasthan, with 200 Assembly seats, will vote on December 1.
Delhi and Mizoram will vote on December 4. The Delhi Assembly has 70 seats, the Mizoram Assembly has 40 seats.
By-elections will be held for an assembly seat each in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu on December 4.
A model code of conduct – a set of guidelines which prevent governments from announcing sops to woo voters and prescribes best behavior for politicians – is now in place.
Over 11 crore people are eligible to vote in these five states, the election commission said.
For the first time, voters in these elections will have the option of rejecting all candidates on offer by using the “None of the above” button in the Electronic Voting Machine. The Supreme Court had said this would empower voters and encourage political parties to put up clean candidates.
Also for the first time, the poll panel is appointing central awareness observers to motivate voters and encourage voter participation.
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