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Assembly Elections for five states announced; NOTA option introduced

The Election Commission on Friday announced the schedule for Assembly Elections to be held in five states, namely Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.



Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday announced the schedule for Assembly Elections to be held in five states, namely Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said Delhi and Mizoram will go to polls in single phase on December 4, while voting will be held in Rajasthan on December 1, and in Madhya Pradesh on November 25.

Chhattisgarh will have two-phase polls on November 11 and 19.

The counting of votes will be held together for all five states on December 8.

The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect in all five states.

The `None Of The Above` (NOTA) option for negative voting will be provided in these elections, as desired by the Supreme Court, Sampath said.

In Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is seeking a record fourth straight term in office.

The full Election Commission met earlier this morning to finalise the dates for the Assembly Elections.

The panel has already asked the Union Home Ministry for 60,000 paramilitary personnel to be deployed in five states ahead of the polls.

The Assembly Elections are crucial as they are being considered a semi-final before the General Elections in 2014.

Detailed Poll Schedule:

Madhya Pradesh:

Date of issue of Gazette Notification: Nov 1

Last date of filing of nomination: Nov 8

Date of scrutiny of nomination: Nov 9

Last date of withdrawal of nomination: Nov 11

Date of polling: Nov 25

Chhattisgarh:

First Phase

Date of issue of Gazette Notification: Oct 18

Last date of filing of nomination: Oct 25

Date of scrutiny of nomination: Oct 26

Last date of withdrawal of nomination: Oct 28

Date of polling: Nov 11

Second Phase

Date of issue of Gazette Notification: Oct 25

Last date of filing of nomination: Nov 1

Date of scrutiny of nomination: Nov 2

Last date of withdrawal of nomination: Nov 4

Date of polling: Nov 19

Rajasthan:

Date of issue of Gazette Notification: Nov 5

Last date of filing of nomination: Nov 12

Date of scrutiny of nomination: Nov 13

Last date of withdrawal of nomination: Nov 16

Date of polling: Dec 1

Delhi:

Date of issue of Gazette Notification: Nov 9

Last date of filing of nomination: Nov 16

Date of scrutiny of nomination: Nov 18

Last date of withdrawal of nomination: Nov 20

Date of polling: Dec 4

Mizoram:

Date of issue of Gazette Notification: Nov 9

Last date of filing of nomination: Nov 16

Date of scrutiny of nomination: Nov 18

Last date of withdrawal of nomination: Nov 20

Date of polling: Dec 4

Counting of votes on December 8

Other Salient Points of the EC Press Conference

  • Over 11 crore electorate in all five states
  • 630 Assembly seats in total in five states
  • Photo coverage in electors rolls and issue of EPIC is near 99-100%
  • Total polling stations 1 lakh 30 thousand
  • EVMs to be used in all five states
  • There will be Voter Awareness Observers for the first time
  • EC officials to go door-to door to give Voter ID card
  • Educating voters on the SC ruling on convicted lawmakers and declaration of all assets by candidates
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