Assembly Elections 2023: Five states gear up for pivotal votes between November 7-30, results expected on December 3.
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The Election Commission has recently declared the assembly election schedule for five states: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram.
The voting process is spread out between November 7 and 30, with the results anticipated on December 3.
Election Schedule: State-wise Breakdown
- Mizoram: Election on November 7, 2023. This northeastern state will be the first to commence the electoral journey. The Mizo National Front is currently at the helm.
- Chhattisgarh: The state has a two-phase election planned for November 7 and 17, 2023. The Congress party currently governs this region.
- Madhya Pradesh: Set to vote on November 17, 2023. The BJP is the reigning party in this state.
- Rajasthan: Citizens will cast their votes on November 23, 2023. Rajasthan is another state under Congress’s governance.
- Telangana: Voting will take place on November 30, 2023. The state is currently governed by the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).
Key Highlights and Preparations
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar highlighted the significance of public awareness and collaboration for maintaining the integrity of the election process. As part of this initiative:
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) launched the cVigil App. This tool empowers citizens to report electoral malpractices, and the ECI promises action within 100 minutes of any complaint.
- A staggering 1.77 lakh polling stations will be set up across the 679 Assembly Constituencies (ACs). To ensure transparency, over 1 lakh of these stations will provide webcasting services.
- ECI aims to maintain an elector-to-polling station ratio below the standard of 1,500 electors per station. Special arrangements for polling stations in forest reserves and sanctuaries, especially in Madhya Pradesh, highlight ECI’s commitment to inclusivity.
- Mizoram poses unique challenges, with polling teams planning to access some stations on foot and others by boat.
The National Implications
These elections play a crucial role at the state level and nationally, particularly with the Lok Sabha elections of 2024 looming around the corner.
The collective elector count across these five states is approximately 16 crore, nearly one-sixth of India’s total elector population.
The Election Commission met with general, police, and expenditure observers last week, emphasizing the importance of curbing monetary influence in these elections.
It is important to note the current governance in these states:
- Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) in Telangana
- BJP in Madhya Pradesh
- Congress in both Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan
- Mizo National Front in Mizoram
The outcomes of these state elections will likely set the tone for political dynamics, both locally and nationally, as parties prepare for the upcoming high-stakes battles in numerous constituencies.