ECI announces election schedule for legislative assemblies of Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana

Oct 8, 2018 11:05 IST
ECI announces election schedule for legislative assemblies of Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan, Mizoram a

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on October 6, 2018 announced the schedule for the elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana.

The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram are due to expire, however, the Telangana Government vide his order dated September 6, 2018 dissolved the Telangana Legislative Assembly with immediate effect.

State

Due Date

Assembly Seat

Chhattisgarh

January 5, 2019

90

Madhya Pradesh

January 7, 2019

230

Rajasthan

January 20, 2019

200

Mizoram

December 15, 2018

40

Schedule of Election

After taking into consideration all relevant aspects like climatic conditions, academic calendar, major festivals, availability of Central Police Forces, time needed for movement, transportation and timely deployment of forces, the Commission has prepared the Schedules for holding Elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana.

State

Assembly Constituencies

Date of Poll

Date of Counting

Date before which election shall be completed

Chhattisgarh (Phase- I)

18

November 12, 2018

December 11, 2018

December 13, 2018

Chhattisgarh (Phase- II)

72

November 20, 2018

December 11, 2018

December 13, 2018

Madhya Pradesh

230

November 28, 2018

December 11, 2018

December 13, 2018

Rajasthan

200

December 7, 2018

December 11, 2018

December 13, 2018

Mizoram

40

November 28, 2018

December 11, 2018

December 13, 2018

Telangana

119

December 7, 2018

December 11, 2018

December 13, 2018

Note: The date of counting of votes of all the five legislative assemblies is the same, that is, December 11, 2018.

Why ECI requires holding elections in legislative assemblies before expiry of their present terms?

As per Article 324 read with Article 172(1) of the Indian Constitution; Section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951; and the Judgement of Supreme Court in Special Reference No. 1 of 2002, the ECI is required to hold elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram before expiry of their present terms.

The commission is required to hold elections in Telangana, where the State Legislative Assembly has been prematurely dissolved, within a period of six months from the date of premature dissolution of the Assembly, that is, by March 5, 2019.   

Model Code of Conduct came into effect immediately in these five assemblies

The Model Code of Conduct came into effect immediately from October 6, 2018 onwards in these five assemblies.

All the provisions of the Model Code will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana.

The Model Code of Conduct will also be applicable to the Union Government in the areas concerning announcements and policy decisions pertaining to these States.

Any violations of Model Code of Conduct Guidelines would be strictly dealt with.

The government of the poll-bound States has also been directed to ensure that no misuse of official machinery or position shall be done during the MCC period.

 

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