ECI announces Schedule for General Elections to Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana, 2018

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New Delhi: The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Mizoram are normally due to expire as follows:

 

State From To Assembly Seat
Chhattisgarh 06.01.2014 05.01.2019 90
Madhya Pradesh 08.01.2014 07.01.2019 230
Rajasthan 21.01.2014 20.01.2019 200
Mizoram 16.12.2013 15.12.2018 40

 

The Governor of Telangana vide his order dated 06.09.2018 has dissolved the Telangana Legislative Assembly with immediate effect.

By virtue of its powers, duties and functions under Article 324 read with Article 172(1) of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and the Judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Special Reference No. 1 of 2002, the Commission is required to hold general elections to constitute the new Legislative Assemblies in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Mizoram before expiry of their present terms and in the State of Telangana, where the State Legislative Assembly has been prematurely dissolved, within a period of six months from the date of premature dissolution of the Assembly i.e. by 05.03.2019.

Schedules of Election

The Commission has prepared the Schedules for holding General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana after taking into consideration all relevant aspects like climatic conditions, academic calendar, major festivals, prevailing law and order situation in the State, availability of Central Police Forces, time needed for movement, transportation and timely deployment of forces and in-depth assessment of other relevant ground realities.

The Commission after considering all relevant aspects has decided to recommend to the Governor of the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana to issue notifications for the General Elections under the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, as per the Schedule below.

The Commission seeks the active cooperation, close collaboration and constructive partnership of all the esteemed stakeholders in the electoral process and strives to employ the collective synergies towards delivering a smooth, free, fair, peaceful, participative and festive General Assembly Elections, 2018 in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana.

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Chhattisgarh, 2018

Phase – I

(For elections to 18 Assembly Constituencies listed in Annexure I)

Poll Events

Schedule

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

16.10.2018 (TUESDAY)

Last Date of Nominations

23.10.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

24.10.2018 (WEDNESDAY)

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

26.10.2018 (FRIDAY)

Date of Poll

12.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Date of Counting

11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date before which election shall be completed

13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Phase – II

(For elections to 72 Assembly Constituencies listed in Annexure II)

Poll Events

Schedule

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

26.10.2018 (FRIDAY)

Last Date of Nominations

02.11.2018 (FRIDAY)

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

03.11.2018 (SATURDAY)

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

05.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Date of Poll

20.11.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date of Counting

11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date before which election shall be completed

13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Schedule

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh, 2018 (All 230 ACs)

Poll Events

Schedule

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

02.11.2018 (FRIDAY)

Last Date of Nominations

09.11.2018 (FRIDAY)

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

12.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

14.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)

Date of Poll

28.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)

Date of Counting

11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date before which election shall be completed

13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Schedule

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, 2018 (All 200 ACs)

Poll Events

Schedule

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

12.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Last Date of Nominations

19.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

20.11.2018 (TUESDAY)

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

22.11.2018 (THURSDAY)

Date of Poll

07.12.2018 (FRIDAY)

Date of Counting

11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date before which election shall be completed

13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Schedule

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Mizoram, 2018 (All 40 ACs)

Poll Events

Schedule

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

02.11.2018 (FRIDAY)

Last Date of Nominations

09.11.2018 (FRIDAY)

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

12.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

14.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)

Date of Poll

28.11.2018 (WEDNESDAY)

Date of Counting

11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date before which election shall be completed

13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Schedule

Schedule for General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Telangana, 2018 (All 119 ACs)

Poll Events

Schedule

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

12.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Last Date of Nominations

19.11.2018 (MONDAY)

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

20.11.2018 (TUESDAY)

Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures

22.11.2018 (THURSDAY)

Date of Poll

07.12.2018 (FRIDAY)

Date of Counting

11.12.2018 (TUESDAY)

Date before which election shall be completed

13.12.2018 (THURSDAY)

Model Code of Conduct

The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately from now onwards. All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to the whole of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and, the State Government of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government insofar as announcements/policy decisions pertaining to/for these States are concerned.

The Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of the MCC Guidelines. Any violations of these Guidelines would be strictly dealt with and the Commission re-emphasizes that the instructions issued in this regard from time to time should be read and understood by all Political Parties, contesting candidates and their agents/representatives, to avoid any misgivings or lack of information or inadequate understanding/interpretation. The government of the poll-bound States has also been directed to ensure that no misuse of official machinery/position is done during the MCC period.

The Commission has also issued instructions for swift, effective and stringent action for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct during the first 72 hours of announcement of the election schedule and also for maintaining extra vigilance and strict enforcement action in the Last 72 hours prior to the close of polls. These instructions have been issued in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for compliance by the field election machinery.

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