Assembly Elections 2018: Counting of Votes for 5 States on 11 Dec
The Election Commission is likely to announce the dates of Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram on Saturday, 6 October.
The Election Commission is likely to announce the dates of Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram on Saturday, 6 October.(Photo: The Quint)

Assembly Elections 2018: Counting of Votes for 5 States on 11 Dec

The counting of votes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana would be held on 11 December, the Chief Election Commissioner said on Saturday, 6 October.

The Assembly election in Chhattisgarh would be held in two phases – on 12 and 20 November.

In Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, the polls would be held on 28 November. And in Telangana and Rajasthan, the elections would be held on 7 December.

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  • The model code of conduct in the four states – Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram – came into effect from Saturday
  • The bypolls in Shimoga, Bellary and Mandya in Karnataka would be held on 3 November, the CEC said
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EC to Announce Dates of Assembly Elections in Four States Today

The Election Commission will announce the dates of the Assembly elections in four states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

The commission has convened a press conference Saturday afternoon. It will also most likely announce the poll schedule for Telangana.

Sources in the commission said that the entire election exercise will be completed by the first week of December.

While polls in Chhattisgarh are likely to be held in two phases, elections in the other states might see polling in one phase, they said.

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Congress Questions EC's Independence

The Election Commission’s press conference was reportedly shifted from 12:30 pm on Saturday to 3 pm, prompting the Congress to allege that PM Modi’s rally in Ajmer was the reason.

In a tweet, the party spokesperson questioned the election body’s “independence”.

What Does the Latest Survey on Upcoming Elections Predict?

According to the latest survey, carried out by ABP News in collaboration with CVoter, the BJP would have won the general elections were they held on 4 October.

The "Desh Ka Mood" survey noted that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would have secured 276 of the 543 seats – a noticeable drop from the 336 seats with which the ruling alliance won the General Elections in 2014.

Also Read : ‘ABP-CVoter’ Survey: Modi to Be PM in 2019, UPA Vote Share to Rise

Close to 47 percent of the citizens in the survey felt that the Narendra Modi government should not be given another chance in 2019.

Didn't Shift Presser for Modi's Rally, Says Election Commission

After receiving criticism over allegedly deferring the announcement of dates for the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram elections till after a rally by PM Modi in Ajmer, the Election Commission said that they did not defer the announcement on account of the rally.

Watch: EC Announces Dates for Polls in Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram

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Simultaneous Elections to be Held in 4 States Before 15 December

The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that simultaneous elections will be held in MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram before 15 December.

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Model Code of Conduct in 4 States to Come Into Effect Today

The model code of conduct will come into force in Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and Mizroram from today, that is, 6 October, the CEC said.

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Chhattisgarh Polls to Be Held on 12 and 20 November

Chhattisgarh will be going to polls in two phases, with elections being held on 12 November and 20 November.

Here is the current strength of the Chhattisgarh Assembly along with the seat share:

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Madhya Pradesh Polls to be Held on 28 November

The polling in Madhya Pradesh will take place on 28 November. The state of Mizoram will also vote on the same day.

Here is the current strength of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly along with the seat share:

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Mizoram Polls to be Held on 28 November

The polling in Mizoram will take place on 28 November. The state of Madhya Pradesh will also vote on the same day.

Here is the current strength of the Mizoram Assembly along with the seat share:

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Rajasthan to Vote on 7 December

The state of Rajasthan will be going to polls on 7 December, along with Telangana.

Here is the current strength of the Rajasthan Assembly along with the seat share:

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Telangana to Vote on 7 December

The state of Telangana will be going to polls on 7 December, along with Rajasthan.

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Watch: Congress Attacks EC After Announcement of Assembly Elections in 5 States

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'We Will Repeat Our Victory in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh': RS Prasad

Speaking after the announcement of election dates for MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the "BJP will contest elections in a conclusive and decisive manner" and shall repeat their victory in the states "very convincingly".

“People will give their blessings to us, we are very sure about it, and we’ll also do very well in Telangana and Mizoram.”
Ravi Shankar Prasad

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