Election Commission announces poll dates; updates: Rajasthan, Telangana to vote on 7 Dec; counting on 11 Dec

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Election Commission announces poll dates; updates: Rajasthan, Telangana to vote on 7 Dec; counting on 11 Dec
  • 15:57 (IST)

    EC on charges of fake IDs being used in Madhya Pradesh:

  • 15:53 (IST)

    We had requested EC to hold elections in Chhattisgarh in a single phase: Congress

    "We had requested Election Commission to hold elections in Chhattisgarh in a single phase. But it is holding elections there in two phases. Now, there is a possibility for corruption," Congress leader PL Punia said.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Counting for all five states on 11 December

    The counting of votes for Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana will be carried out on 11 December 2018, the Election Commission said. 

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Rajasthan, Telangana to go to polls on 7 December

    The Election Commission has said that the states of Rajasthan (200 seats) and Telangana (119 seats) will go to polls together on 7 December. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that Telangana elections were being kept on the fag end of the current phase of the polling exercise so that poll panel could get enough time to prepare for conducting the elections. 

    Notably, Telangana was not due for polls in the current round but Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao dissolved the Assembly early. The poll panel has not been able to prepare the electoral roll owing to the short notice at which the elections were to be conducted and an ongoing case. The voters' list in Telangana will now be published on 12 October. 

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Polls in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram to be held on 28 November

    The poll panel said that elections in the states of Madhya Pradesh (230 seats) and Mizoram (40 seats) will be held in single phase on 28 November. 

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Phase-II of Chhattisgarh election to be held on 20 November

    Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that the remaining 72 seats in Chhattisgarh will go to polls on 20 November. He said that the election for 18 Naxalism-hit constituencies were being held separately to ensure proper security arrangements. 

  • 15:25 (IST)

    First phase of election in Chhattisgarh to be held on 12 November

    In the Left Wing Extremism-hit 18 constituencies of Chhattisgarh, the elections will be held on 12 November 2018, Election Commissioner OP Rawat said. 

    He said the polls were being conducted separately just for 18 constituencies becasue these are violence-prone areas and heavy deployment of security forces will be needed. 

    "Life of each and every voter is precious for us, which is why we are being cautious and splitting the polling exercise into two phases in Chhattisgarh," Election Commissioner OP Rawat said. 

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Model Code of Conduct will come into force from today in 4 states

    Model Code of Conduct will come into force from today​ in four poll-bound states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. Meanwhile, the MCC is already in place in Telangana as the Assembly has been dissolved. 

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Poll panel to issue polling slips in Braille, setup all women polling booths

    Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that polling slips will also be issued in Braille because the poll panels aim remains to make election process accessible to all. He said that all-women booths will also be set up where security officials will also be women. 

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Won't comment on political comments about delay in presser, says Election Commissioner 

    Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that politicians are political creatures, therefore it is in their nature to see politics in everything. He said that the commission would not like to comment on it. 

    However, he started the presser with an apology for the confusion over the timing of the presser. He said that the commission had to take into account certain last minute considerations, including the matter of publication of electoral roll in Telangana and the decision on by-poll dates in Karnataka, which remains under the threat of poor weather condition. 

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Election Commissioner OP Rawat starts presser on poll dates announcement 

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Election Commission's presser to start shortly

  • 14:48 (IST)

    Hours before MCC kicks in, Vasundhara Raje announces free power for farmers 

    Amid allegations that declaration of poll dates were delayed to give BJP a MCC-free window in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced free electricity for farmers at a joint rally in Ajmer, Punjab Kesari reported. Congresshad earlier claimed that the delay in poll panel's press conference was to give BJP a time to announce some last minute freebies at Modi's election

  • 14:30 (IST)

    Facing flak over changed time of presser, Election Commission says didn't shift press meet for Modi rally 

    Facing criticism from political parties over allegedly deferring its press conference to suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Ajmer, Rajasthan, sources in Election Commission of India (EC) on Saturday said that it was done to facilitate the journalists and poll body officers, who complained of their inability to attend the press conference at a very short span of time.

    "It wasn't deliberately done to accommodate a political rally; we got numerous calls from journalists and polls officials after we announced at 10 am that a presser will be held at 12.30 pm," said the EC source.

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Yashwant Sinha says EC bending its schedule ofor PM sad 

  • 14:00 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav hints at BSP-SP combine for upcoming MP polls

    Speaking to reporters about the poll alliances in Madhya Pradesh, AkhileshYadav said: "We have waited too long for the Congress. How much longer should we wait? We will now consult the Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP), with which we had an alliance, and the BSP for the coming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh." 

  • 13:35 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party goes it alone in Madhya Pradesh, says Congress made us wait for too long 

    Samajwadi Party has announced that it will now go solo in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, hours before the Election Commission announced the date of polls. This announcement was the latest set back to the Congress' attempts to forge a grand alliance to defeat BJP, who's leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan is eyeing a fourth consecutive term in the state. Earlier Mayawati-led BSP too had announced it would not allow with Congress. 

    Although Samajwadi Party has no major stake in the state, and BSP too holds four seats in the current Assembly, the move is being seen as Congress' inability to woo and accommodate smaller parties.

  • 12:15 (IST)

    Model Code will come into force on premature dissolution of assembly: EC

    In what could apply to Telangana now, the Election Commission had said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) would come into effect immediately after premature dissolution of a state legislative assembly with caretaker government deprived of all powers to take policy decisions. The direction has implications for Telangana where the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government led by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is continuing as a caretaker government after it dissolved the state assembly around nine months in advance.

    Consequently, neither the caretaker state government nor the central government shall announce any new schemes, projects, etc. in respect of that state or undertake any of the activities prohibited under the aforesaid Part-VII of the Model Code of Conduct.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Randeep Surjewala claims EC changed time of presser only to accommodate Modi rally in Ajmer

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Election Commission changes time of presser; announcement to be made at 3 pm

    The Election Commission has shifted the time of its press conference from 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm. The poll panel is likely to announce the date of elections in four states. 

  • 11:03 (IST)

    NDA will lose three Assembly elections, but retain power at Centre in 2019: ABP-CVoter survey

    A survey conducted by C-Voter and ABP news has predicted that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party would lose all three upcoming Assembly elections of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan to the Congress, but the Narendra Modi factor may swing things in the party's favour in the 2019 Lok Sabha election next year. 

    The survey said that the Congress would get a clear majority in the three states, by winning 117 of 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh,130 out of 200 in Rajasthan and 54 out of 90 in Chhattisgarh. The BJP might manage only 106, 33 and 57 seats in these three states respectively, the opinion poll predicted.

  • 10:52 (IST)

    Election Commission to announce poll dates in four states today

    The Election Commission (EC) is set to announce on Saturday the poll schedules for Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The commission has convened a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Assembly Election 2018 dates LIVE updates: The Election Commission has said that the states of Rajasthan (200 seats) and Telangana (119 seats) will go to polls together on 7 December.

The Election Commission said that the states of Madhya Pradesh (230 seats) and Mizoram (40 seats) will be held in single phase on 28 November.

Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that polling slips will also be issued in Braille because the poll panels aim remains to make election process accessible to all.

Amid allegations that declaration of poll dates were delayed to give BJP a MCC-free window in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced free electricity for farmers at a joint rally in Ajmer. Congresshad earlier claimed that the delay in poll panel's press conference was to give BJP a time to announce some last minute freebies at Modi's election rally.

Facing criticism from political parties over allegedly deferring its press conference to suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Ajmer, Rajasthan, sources in Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday said that it was done to facilitate the journalists and poll body officers, who complained of their inability to attend the press conference at a very short span of time."

The Election Commission will announce the dates for Assembly polls in four states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. The announcement is likely to come at around 12.30 pm when the Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, who is likely to address a press conference at 12.30 pm on Saturday.

OP Rawat

File image of Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat. PTI

The poll panel may also announced the election date in Telangana, where Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao dissolved the Assembly in favour of early polls in September. The announcements of the poll dates will mean that the Model Code of Conduct kicks in with immediate effect. Earlier, Rawat had confirmed that according to the rules of the Election Commission, the MCC was already in place in Telangana ever since Rao announced the dissolution of the Assembly.

Meanwhile, all major parties have already started making aggressive pitches ahead of the state elections. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Ajmer marking the end of Chief Minister Vasundhara raje's Gaurav Yatra, which she started in August. On the other hand, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will arrive in Morena via Gwalior on Saturday to take part in Ekta Parishad conclave. BJP national president Amit Shah will be in Indore and address local party workers.

In its presser, the polling agency is also likely to give some clarity on its poll preparedness and the measures it was taking to ensure free and fair elections.

As of 25th of September 2018, majority of Madhya Pradesh government officials who are expected to conduct assembly elections have failed in the written test conducted by the Election Commission.

With inputs from agencies 


Updated Date: Oct 22, 2018 19:57 PM

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