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 for all the five states.
Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said naxal-affected Chhattisgarh will vote first in two phases for its 90 Assembly seats on November 11 and 19.
Election to the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh Assembly will be held on November 25.
Rajasthan, with 200 Assembly seats, will vote on December 1.
Delhi ans 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.
Over 11 crore people are eligible to vote in these five state the election commission said.
For the first time, the poll panel is appointing central awareness observers to motivate voters and encourage voter participation.
A series of rallies in these states, featuring BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, have raised political temperatures long before the announcement of poll dates.
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.