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Election Commission announces schedule for Assembly Elections in 5 states

Assembly elections will be held at Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram

Election preparations in the five states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana are in full swing. The five states are going to polls next month. The Election Commission has announced the poll dates for the five States. The poll schedule for all the five States is as follows:

Chhattisgarh

Phase I-

Last date of filing nominations – 23/10/2018

Last date for withdrawal of candidates – 26/10/2018

Date of poll – 12/11/2018

Phase II-

Last date of filing nominations – 2/11/2018

Last date of withdrawal of candidates – 5/11/2018

Date of poll – 20/11/2018

Madhya Pradesh

Last date of filing nominations – 9/11/2018

Last date of withdrawal of candidates – 14/11/2018

Date of poll – 28/11/2018

Rajasthan

Last date of filing nominations – 19/11/2018

Last date of withdrawal of candidates – 22/11/2018

Date of poll – 7/12/2018

Telangana

Last date of filing nominations – 19/11/2018

Last date of withdrawal of candidates – 22/11/2018

Date of poll – 7/12/2018

Mizoram

Last date of filing nominations – 9/11/2018

Last date of withdrawal of candidates – 14/11/2018

Date of poll – 28/11/2018

Counting for all the five states will be held on December 11, 2018. The political parties have already come out with the list of candidates for the Assembly elections. Elections will be held on 40 seats in Mizoram, 119 seats in Telangana, 200 seats in Rajasthan, 231 (230+1 nominated) seats in Madhya Pradesh and 91 (90+1 nominated) seats in Chhattisgarh.

In the Naxal affected state of Chhattisgarh, security has been prepped up to ensure security during elections. According to the information given by Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Vivekananda Sinha, about 500 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces are arriving here ahead of the November 12 elections. Bastar borders the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra.

Talks are being held with the neighbouring states to ensure there’s no cross-border movement of Maoists. Satellite trackers with SOS buttons will be used to track the movement of the security personnel from the district headquarters. To track the movement of Naxals in the three districts if Sukma, Bijapur and Dantewada, drones will also be used.

Out of the five states where Assembly elections are to be held, currently Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have BJP governments, Telangana has TDP government and Mizoram has Congress government.

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