Five states to go to polls in November-December results on December 3

Five states to go to polls

New Delhi: The Election Commission has announced the schedule of assembly elections in five states: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram. The elections will be held in November and December 2023, and the results will be declared on December 3. The elections are crucial for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the main opposition Congress, as they will test their popularity and performance in these states before the 2024 general elections.

The Election Commission said that a total of 16.14 crore voters will cast their votes in these elections, out of which 8.2 crore are male voters and 7.8 crore are female voters. This time, 60.2 lakh new voters will exercise their franchise for the first time. The Election Commission also said that it will ensure free and fair elections with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

The following table shows the important dates for each state:

StateGazette notification release dateLast date to enrollLast date for withdrawal of candidatureVoting dateCounting date
Madhya PradeshOctober 21October 30November 2November 17December 3
ChhattisgarhOctober 13 (first phase), October 26 (second phase)October 23 (first phase), November 2 (second phase)October 26 (first phase), November 5 (second phase)November 7 (first phase), November 17 (second phase)December 3
RajasthanOctober 30November 6November 9November 23December 3
TelanganaNovember 3November 10November 15November 30December 3
MizoramOctober 13October 20October 23November 7December 3

The tenure of the current assemblies in these states will end in December or January. The Mizoram assembly has 40 members, the Chhattisgarh assembly has 90 members, and the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana assemblies have 230, 200 and 119 members respectively.

Five states to go to polls

The elections in these five states will set the stage for the next general elections in 2024, where both the BJP and the Congress will try to win a majority in the Lok Sabha. The results of these elections will also have implications for the regional parties and alliances that may play a crucial role in forming or supporting the next government at the center.