News of Friday, 6th October 2023
Countdown begins for five state elections
Dates to be announced soon : Voting likely to be held on the same day in 4 states and in two phases in Chhattisgarh : Counting likely to happen around December 10 : Election Commission reviewed
New delhi date. 6: The Election Commission has prepared a possible outline of election dates in 5 states. According to sources, polling is likely to be held in two phases in Chhattisgarh and in one phase in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Telangana. It is being said that voting will be held in five states in different phases in November and December. According to sources, the date of counting of votes is likely to be decided between 10 to 15 December. After getting the approval of Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and both Election Commissioners, the election program will be given final approval and announced thereafter. The Election Commission is holding a meeting with the election observers of 5 states in Delhi today. After this the Election Commission will announce the election programs soon.
It may be mentioned that Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar had earlier said that the Election Commission is committed to free and fair elections, with special focus on making voting easy for the common man and increasing voting percentage. The Chief Commissioner also said that there is no proposal before the Commission for compulsory polling. Speaking to reporters, Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar said that the candidates contesting the elections will have to disclose their criminal records by placing an advertisement in newspapers. Along with this, the political parties also have to state why the party has chosen them as candidates.
He said in Jaipur that for the first time in Rajasthan, the facility of voting from home will be available for elderly voters and people with 40 percent disabilities. Asked about compulsory voting, he said that ‘There is no proposal for compulsory voting before the Election Commission.’ Rajeev Kumar said that initiatives have been taken to increase voting percentage and make voting easier. Also, law enforcement agencies in Rajasthan have been given strict instructions to check the movement of liquor and cash in the border areas, especially on the Haryana and Punjab borders.
He said that Rajasthan has a total of 5.25 crore voters including 2.73 crore men, 2.51 crore women and 604 transgenders. He said that 18462 voters are above 100 years of age, 11.8 lakh are above 80 years of age and 21.9 lakh are first time voters. During the visit of the Commission members to Rajasthan, the Commission held several meetings with the state government officials regarding the election preparations. The Commission held meetings with representatives of political parties, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, District Collector and District Superintendent of Police and other officials during the three-day visit.