The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been activated in five Indian states—Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana—where elections are scheduled to take place next month. Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, along with the two other Election Commissioners, unveiled the election schedule at a press conference.
The election dates are as follows: Mizoram on November 7, Chhattisgarh on November 7 and November 17 (in two phases), Madhya Pradesh on November 17, Rajasthan on November 23, and Telangana on November 30. The vote count for all states will occur on December 3.
For the 40 assembly seats in Mizoram and the first phase of Chhattisgarh’s elections (20 seats) on November 7, notifications will be issued on October 13. The last date for filing nominations is October 20, scrutiny of nominations will take place on October 21, and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is October 23.
In Madhya Pradesh, covering all 230 assembly seats, and the second phase of Chhattisgarh’s elections (70 seats) is scheduled for November 17, the last date for filing nominations is October 30. Scrutiny of nominations will occur on October 31, and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 2.
Rajasthan will witness a single-phase poll on November 23 for all 200 assembly seats. The last date for filing nominations is November 6, scrutiny of nominations is scheduled for November 7, and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 9.
Telangana, with elections slated for November 30, has the last date for filing nominations on November 10. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on November 13, and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 15.
These state elections are of considerable significance for political parties as they precede the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year.
The total number of voters in these states is as follows: Mizoram – 8.52 lakh, Chhattisgarh – 2.03 crore, Madhya Pradesh – 5.6 crore, Rajasthan – 5.25 crore, and Telangana – 3.17 crore.
In Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, the key contenders are the Congress and the BJP, while Telangana is expected to witness a triangular contest between the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi, Congress, and BJP.
The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) serves as a set of guidelines for political parties and candidates, reflecting a consensus among political parties. It obliges them to adhere to its principles, respecting and observing them in both letter and spirit during the election process.
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