The Election Commission today announced a single phase election in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, and a two-phase election in Chhattisgarh — all of which will be held in November. Rajasthan and Telangana will also have a single phase election on December 7. Counting of votes will be held on December 11 for all states, said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat.
— India TV (@indiatvnews) October 6, 2018
Elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will be held on November 28.
In Chhattisgarh, 18 seats will go to polls in the first phase on November 12. The majority of the state’s seats – 72 – will go to polls on November 20.
With the Commission’s announcement, the model code of conduct has come into effect in all four states.
The Congress immediately tweeted a dig. “Dear ECI, 1. In Gujarat, BJP IT Cell Head tweeted election dates even before ECI. 2. ECI delinked Gujarat elections from Himachal to enable PM Modi to make a slew of announcements. 3. ECI again deferred PC to enable PM Modi to do the same in Rajasthan Is BJP the ‘Super EC’?” read a tweet from senior party leader Randeep Surjewala.
Earlier today, the party raised questions on the independence of the Election Commission when it pushed back the timing of the press conference to announce dates.
While the election body said the move was made not to inconvenience mediapersons, the Congress alleged the delay might be linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Ajmer.
#AssemblyElections2018 | Election dates announced for Rajasthan, 4 other states; results on December 11
— NDTV (@ndtv) October 6, 2018
Regarding Telangana — where Chief Minister R Chandrashekar Rao dissolved the assembly last month to effect early elections — Mr Rawat said the polls have been pushed to the far end, so the Commission could place the voters’ list before the High Court, where the Chief Minister’s decision has been challenged.
“The case in High Court is about the voters’ list and it wants to see the list. So EC extended final publication to 12. That’s why Telangana polls are at the far end,” the Election Commissioner said.
The Election Commission had called off the revision of rolls in Telangana to make way for polls in the state by the year-end. The Commission is sticking to the lists from January 1, 2018 and ask the voters to flag any new names or discrepancie
— Zee News (@ZeeNews) October 6, 2018