5 Indian States Gear Up For Assembly Elections After ECI Announcement
Find out which parties are in the race, the voting schedule, and how they’re making it easy for everyone to vote. Get ready for the political showdown!
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the dates for upcoming assembly elections in five states: Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Mizoram.
The voting will take place on 7th November 2023, and the counting of votes will be on 3rd December 2023.
The Chief Election Commissioner has consulted with political parties and enforcement agencies to prepare for the elections. Here are the election dates for each state:
- Mizoram: The voting will be on 7th November in a single phase.
- Chhattisgarh: The voting will be conducted in two phases, on 7th and 17th November.
- Madhya Pradesh: The voting will also be on 17th November in a single-phase.
- Rajasthan: The voting will be on 23rd November. This state will also have elections in a single-phase.
- Telangana: The voting will be on 30th November. The 10-year old state will go to polls in a single-phase manner.
The total number of voters is estimated to be 8.2 crore males, 7.8 crore females, and 60.2 lakh first-time voters.
There will be 177,000 polling stations set up across the five states, and webcasting facilities will be available at 101,000 booths to ensure transparency.
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The ECI has instructed poll observers to be visible, accessible, neutral, and ethical in their functioning. They are responsible for ensuring a level playing field and conducting free and fair elections.
The ECI is also focusing on inclusivity by facilitating voting for persons with disabilities, senior citizens above 80 years, and vulnerable tribal groups. Special provisions such as home voting and accessible polling stations will be provided.
Here are the political parties currently ruling in the five states where assembly elections will be held in 2023:
- Mizoram: Mizo National Front (MNF)
- Chhattisgarh: Indian National Congress (INC)
- Madhya Pradesh: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
- Rajasthan: Indian National Congress (INC)
- Telangana: Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS)
Let me clarify, the MNF is an ally of the BJP at the central level, but it is a regional party that is not part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
There are currently 38 alliance parties in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The NDA is the biggest coalition of parties from across India.