Assembly Elections 2023 | Election Commission announces polling dates for five States; only Chhattisgarh to vote in two phases

Mizoram to vote on Nov. 7; Madhya Pradesh on Nov. 17; Chhattisgarh on Nov. 7 and 17 in two phases; Rajasthan on Nov. 23; and Telangana on Nov. 30; counting of votes to be held on December 3 for all five States.

October 09, 2023 12:03 pm | Updated December 03, 2023 01:46 pm IST

 Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar addressing a press conference to announce the Schedule of General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana, in New Delhi on October 9, 2023.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar addressing a press conference to announce the Schedule of General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana, in New Delhi on October 9, 2023. | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram will go to polls on different days from November 7-30 and votes will be counted for the five States on December 3, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said on October 9, setting the stage for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls semi-finals.

Also Read : Chhattisgarh Assembly polls Phase 2 LIVE

Nearly 16 crore voters would be eligible to cast their votes in these elections, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar said at a press conference while asserting that strong measures are being put in place to make these polls inducement-free.

Here are the updates:

Poll schedule for all five States

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  • October 09, 2023 18:09
    Telangana poll schedule comes as disappointment as govt. cannot announce policy decisions now

    The announcement of schedule for the forthcoming election to the legislative assembly by the Election Commission of India is said to have come as a disappointment to the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) Government.

    The State Government reportedly contemplated to hold a meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 29 for announcing certain policy decisions relating to new schemes as well as expediting the implementation of the ongoing schemes. All the departments were sounded about the Cabinet meeting and were asked to come up with comprehensive reports on the status of implementation of schemes under their purview so that improvements could be made.

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  • October 09, 2023 15:34
    Freebies: CEC Kumar says populist announcements have ‘tadka’ of populism

    Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Monday said the freebies announced by political parties and state governments have a ‘tadka’ of populism and it is difficult for those who win polls to either implement these sops or stop this practice.

    Responding to a question on freebies announced by various parties and government ahead of elections, he said while it is the domain of the state governments, they do not remember such sops for five years but announce them just a month or a fortnight before the poll schedule is announced.

    He recalled that the EC had recently brought out a proforma for parties and states to explain how and when the promises made by them in their poll manifesto will be implemented.

    “Some announcement in one state and some other announcement in others. I don’t know why it is not remembered for five years and all the announcements are made in the last one month or 15 days. Anyway, that is the domain of the state governments,” he said.

    Parties and state were asked about the debt to GDP ratio, interest payment to total revenue and whether they will breach the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) targets. The governments were also asked whether they will reduce some of the schemes to implement what has been promised in the manifesto, and whether there will be an extra burden of tax on the people.

    “The intention behind it was to bring every thing in public domain,” he said.

    Voters should know the picture which emerges on the basis of financial fundamentals, he said, adding there has to be a balance on present versus mortgaging the future generations.

    “These announcements have a ‘tadka’ of populism. It is difficult to either implement or stop such (sops). Therefore, people have a right to know how these freebies will be implemented,” he said.

    PTI

  • October 09, 2023 15:16
    Aaditya Thackeray confident of INDIA alliance prospects in upcoming assembly polls in 5 states

    Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray on Monday expressed confidence that the people of five states, where the assembly polls are scheduled next month, will vote for peace, prosperity and progress assured by the INDIA alliance.

    “India, that is Bharat will not vote for those who create rifts and aim to change the constitution and damage our democracy and country. It will vote for peace, prosperity and progress assured by the INDIA alliance,” Aaditya Thackeray said in a post on X.

    While the schedule has been announced for the assembly polls in five states, Thackeray asked whether the Election Commission has announced bypolls for the Pune and Chandrapur Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra yet.

    Pune and Chandrapur do not have representation in the Lok Sabha for six months now, the Sena (UBT) leader claimed.

    PTI

  • October 09, 2023 14:54
    AAP ready to contest Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh polls; candidates to be named soon: Kejriwal

    The Aam Aadmi Party is ready to contest the upcoming assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan with full strength and the names of candidates will be declared soon, its national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Monday.

    Asked about the AAP’s preparation for the polls, Kejriwal said, “We are prepared to contest the elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh with full strength.” When asked whether his party will contest the elections as part of the INDIA bloc, he said that “whatever happens will be apprised”.

    PTI

  • October 09, 2023 14:39
    BRS ready to reinforce its commitment to Telangana, says MLC Kavitha

    The Bharat Rashtra Samithi is once again ready to reinforce its commitment to Telangana, the party’s MLC and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha said on Monday, after the Election Commission announced the dates for the assembly poll in the state.

    “Once again ready to reinforce our commitment to Telangana,” she posted a message on social media platform X after the EC announced the assembly poll schedule for five states, including Telangana.

    PTI

  • October 09, 2023 14:31
    ‘We have public support’: MoS Meenakshi Lekhi
  • October 09, 2023 14:30
    ‘We have delivered on a number of counts’: Chhattisgarh Deputy CM T S Singhdeo
  • October 09, 2023 14:16
    ‘Confident people will support us for our work’: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi
  • October 09, 2023 14:11
    ‘Will win with clear majority’: M.P. BJP chief VD Sharma
  • October 09, 2023 14:00
    ‘Confident that BJP will win in Rajasthan’: Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
  • October 09, 2023 13:50
    Amit Shah to address public meeting in Telangana on October 10

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a public meeting at Adilabad and a convention of intellectuals in Hyderabad on October 10.

    Mr. Shah will address the rally at 1 pm and attend the convention of intellectuals in the evening, state BJP general secretary G Premender Reddy said in a release on Sunday night.

    (PTI)

  • October 09, 2023 13:42
    “Voters in five states will give blessings to BJP”: Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia

    Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday reacted over the implementation of model code of conduct, following the announcement of the elections to five state starting on Nov 7, saying that the BJP will follow the decision of the Election Commission of India (ECI).

    Mr. Scinida said, “Whatever decision the Election Commission has taken, we will follow that. Voting is the biggest right. I believe that the voters of all the five states will give their blessings to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for development, BJP’s good governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and others.”

    Meanwhile, when asked about Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Shukla claiming Congress will form government in four out of five states where polls are going to be held, Mr. Scindia said that there was no astrology in politics and they have to accept the public’s verdict.

    “I have already said that there is no astrology in politics in this world. It is the responsibility of all of us to follow the blessings of the public. I have full confidence that the BJP government will be formed in Madhya Pradesh with full majority,” he added.

    (ANI)

  • October 09, 2023 13:34
    BJP will form govt in all states under PM Modi’s leadership: J P Nadda

    BJP president J P Nadda on Monday welcomed the election commission’s (EC) announcement of assembly polls in five states and claimed his party will form government in all the states with a big majority under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

    “The BJP will form government in all states with a big majority under respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and will work with commitment to fulfil people’s aspirations in the next five years,” he said on X, soon after the EC’s announcement of the poll schedule.

    (PTI)

  • October 09, 2023 13:23
    Congress to win in all 5 states: Sanjay Raut on State polls

    Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut said that the INDIA alliance would win all the five states for which the Election Commission is announcing the dates of elections.

    “Five states will go to polls. Among them, in three, Congress had won five years back. This time in all the states, the INDIA alliance will win, whether in Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan. Telangana is a bonus. In Telangana as well, Congress will win. Bharatiya Janata Party will not win even 10 seats in Telangana,” Mr. Raut said speaking at a press conference on Monday.

    The Shiv Sena (UBT) MP however questioned the Election Commission for not declaring the dates of the Mumbai Mahanagar Palika elections in Maharashtra for the last two years.

    “You are declaring dates for five states but Mumbai Mahanagar Palika has been waiting for elections for the last two years. Along with Mumbai, you have stalled 14 Mahanagar Palika elections in Maharashtra. You are indulging in corrupt practices using the Administrator. When are you going to hold elections here?” Mr. Raut questioned.

    (ANI)

  • October 09, 2023 12:44
    Schedule for Telangana

    Date of issue of gazette notification- November 3, 2023

    Last date of making nominations- November 10, 2023

    Date for scrutiny of nomination- November 13, 2023

    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures- November 15, 2023

    Date of poll- November 30, 2023

    Date of counting- December 3, 2023

  • October 09, 2023 12:43
    Telangana to go to polls on November 30
  • October 09, 2023 12:42
    Schedule for Chhattisgarh
  • October 09, 2023 12:40
    Chhattisgarh to vote in two phases on November 7 and November 17
  • October 09, 2023 12:40
    Schedule for Madhya Pradesh

    Date of issue of gazette notification- October 21, 2023

    Last date of making nominations- October 30, 2023

    Date for scrutiny of nomination- October 31, 2023

    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures- November 2, 2023

    Date of poll- November 17, 2023

    Date of counting- December 3, 2023

  • October 09, 2023 12:38
    Madhya Pradesh to go to polls on November 17
  • October 09, 2023 12:38
    Schedule for Rajasthan

    Date of issue of gazette notification- October 30, 2023

    Last date of making nominations- November 6, 2023

    Date for scrutiny of nomination- November 7, 2023

    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures- November 9, 2023

    Date of poll- November 23, 2023

    Date of counting- December 3, 2023

  • October 09, 2023 12:36
    Rajasthan to go to polls on November 23
  • October 09, 2023 12:34
    Schedule for Mizoram

    Date of issue of gazette notification- October 13, 2023

    Last date of making nominations- October 20, 2023

    Date for scrutiny of nomination- October 21, 2023

    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures- October 23, 2023

    Date of poll- November 7, 2023

    Date of counting- December 3, 2023

  • October 09, 2023 12:29
    Mizoram to go to polls on November 7
  • October 09, 2023 12:28
    With a network of 940 inter-State checkposts, EC to keep an eye on poll irregularities

    The EC, which has begun tracking the movement and distribution of goods and monetary transactions to ensure inducement-free elections, has set up a network of 940 inter-State checkposts in border areas.

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  • October 09, 2023 12:24
    ECI calls on citizens to report electoral malpractices on cVIGIL app

    To ensure free, fair and inducement-free elections, the ECI said voters and citizens can report any electoral malpractices on the ECI’s c-VIGIL app.

    For every complaint, there will be a response within 100 minutes, the CEC said.

  • October 09, 2023 12:20
    Facilities at polling stations
  • October 09, 2023 12:19
    1.77 lakh polling stations to be set up in 679 Assembly constituencies

    For the upcoming elections, 1.77 lakh polling stations will be set up in 679 Assembly constituencies. The ECI also announced that over 1 lakh polling stations will have a webcasting facility.

  • October 09, 2023 12:17
    Commission places special emphasis on ensuring healthy, pure and inclusive electoral roll

    The ECI has laid special emphasis on ensuring a healthy, pure and inclusive electoral roll, Mr. Kumar said, addressing the press conference.

    He said importance would be given to women voters, young voters, particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs), persons with disabilities, senior citizens and transgenders.

  • October 09, 2023 12:14
    The focus is on youth in the Assembly elections: CEC

    According to the data provided by the ECI, There are 60 lakh first-time voters in the elections. The CEC also added that over 2,900 polling stations will be managed by youths.

  • October 09, 2023 12:12
    Ratio of voters in five States

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  • October 09, 2023 12:09
    Total electors in five poll-bound States
  • October 09, 2023 12:08
    ECI will ensure free, fair and inducement-free elections in five States: CEC

    The polls in these five States hold a unique significance as they serve as the final Assembly elections before the grand stage of the National Elections in 2024. The ECI will ensure free, fair and inducement-free elections in these five States, said Mr. Kumar.

  • October 09, 2023 12:07
    “We have responded to almost all the State-specific issues raised by the political parties”

    “We have responded to almost all the State-specific issues raised by the political parties,” said CEC Rajiv Kumar during the press conference to announce the schedule.

  • October 09, 2023 12:03
    EC to announce poll schedule of five States this noon

    The Election Commission will announce the schedule for holding Assembly elections in five States at 12 noon on October 9.

    The Commission has convened a press conference this noon where it will announce the dates on which Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram will be held.

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