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Schedule for five-state Assembly Elections 2013 announced, NOTA button introduced Last Updated : 04 Oct 2013 06:20:26 PM IST Election Commission announces dates for polling in five states
The Election Commissions of India on Friday announced the schedule of state assembly elections 2013 to be held in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.
The legislative assembly elections in five states will be held between November and December.
Chhattisgarh will have two-phase polling on November 11th and 19th while other states have single day polling.
Schedule for Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2013 are as following:
For 1st Phase of polling:
Date of notification: October 18, 2013
Last date of nominations: October 25, 2013
Scrutiny of nomination papers: October 26, 2013
Last date of withdrawal of nomination forms: October 28, 2013
Date of 1st Phase polling: November 11, 2013
For 2nd Phase of polling:
Date of notification: October 25, 2013
Last date of nominations: November 1, 2013
Scrutiny of nomination papers: November 2, 2013
Last date of withdrawal of nomination forms: November 4, 2013
Date of 1st Phase polling: November 19, 2013
Schedule for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections 2013 are as following:
Madhya Pradesh will have single day polling.
Date of notification: November 1, 2013
Last date of nominations: November 8, 2013
Scrutiny of nomination papers: November 9, 2013
Last date of withdrawal of nomination forms: November 11, 2013
Date of 1st Phase polling: November 25,2013
Schedule for Rajasthan assembly elections 2013 are as following:
Date of notification: November 5 2013
Last date of nominations: November 12, 2013
Scrutiny of nomination papers: November 13, 2013
Last date of withdrawal of nomination forms: November 15, 2013
Date of 1st Phase polling: December 1, 2013
Schedule for Delhi and Mizoram assembly elections 2013 are as following:
Date of notification: November 9, 2013
Last date of nominations: November 16, 2013
Scrutiny of nomination papers: November 18, 2013
Last date of withdrawal of nomination forms: November 28, 2013
Date of 1st Phase polling: December 4, 2013
The counting votes will be took place in all five states on December 8, 2013.
Earlier, the election communion of India announced to introduce ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) button EVMs.
The Chief Election Commissioner said that as per the Supreme Court Judgment the commission has decided to introduce the NOTA button in all five states assembly election.
Assembly Constituencies States Total No. of constituencies Reserved for SCs Reserved for STs Chhattisgarh 90 10 29 Madhya Pradesh 230 25 37 Rajasthan 200 24 25 Delhi 70 12 - Mizoram 40 - 39 Electorals Rolls States
Total No. of Electors
Chhattisgarh 1,67,96174 Madhya Pradesh 4,64,57724 Mizoram
4,06,08056 Delhi 1,15,07113
None of the Above (NOTA) Option in EVM
In its judgment dated 27 th September, 2013 in Writ Petition (C) No. 161 of 2004, the Supreme Court has directed that there should be a “None of the Above ” (NOTA) option on the ballot papers and EVMs. The Court has directed that the Commission should implement it ‘either in a phased manner or at a time with the assistance of Government of India. For implementing the NOTA option , the Commission is preparing detailed instructions for issue to the
Chief Electoral Officers of all States/Union Territories. On the Balloting Unit, below the name of the last candidate, there will now be a butt on for NOTA option so that electors who do not want to vote for any of the candidates can exercise their option by pressing the button against NOTA. The Commission is taking steps to bring this to the knowledge of voters and all other stakeholders and to train all field level officials including the polling personnel about the NOTA option.
Election Expenditure monitoring
Comprehensive instructions for the purpose of effective monitoring of the election expenditure of the candidates have been issued, which include formation of flying squads, static surveillance Teams, video surveillance Teams, involvement of Investigation Directorates of Income Tax Deptt. etc. State Excise Departments and police authorities have been asked to monitor production, distribution, sale and storage of liquor and other intoxicants during the election process. For greater transparency and for ease of monitoring of Election Expenses, Candidates would be required to open a separate bank account and incur their election expenses from that very account. The political parties are also advised not to incur any expenditure in cash beyond Rs. 20,000/- also advised not to carry cash above Rs. 50,000/- to the poll going state during the election process.
The Investigation Directorate of Income Tax Dept. has been asked to open Air Intelligence unit in the airports of these states and also togather Inelligence and take necessary action against movement of large sum of money in these states. Expenditure Observers and Assistant Exp. Observers from Central Government are being appointed to keep close watch on election expenditure of the candidates.
Control room and Complaint Monitoring Centre with 24 hours toll free numbers shall be operative during the entire election process. Banks and financial inte lligence units of Government of India have been asked to forward suspicious cash withdrawal reports to the election officials. All candidates must ensure that they file their affidavits in the revised format (Form 26) only. The revised format is available on the ECI website and in Returning Officer’s handbook.
To deal with the issue of ‘Paid News’, a mechanism has been laid out with three tier of Media certification and Monitoring Committees (MCMC) at District, State and ECI level. Revised comprehensive instruction on ‘Paid News’ has been issued on 27th August 2012 and is available on the Commission’s Website. Necessary instructions have been issued to the CEOs of the poll going states to ensure briefing of political parties and Media in the districts about ‘Paid News’ and the mechanism to check ‘Paid News’. Representatives of Political Parties and Media Organizations of poll going states have also been briefed at Election Commission. The MCMCs of all states have been trained to do their job.
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 poll going States and will be applicable to all candidates, political parties, the State Governments of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Delhi and the Union Government from on Friday itself. Attention of the political parties and candidates is particularly invited to the following provisions of the Model Code: “There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.
The Commission has also decided to hold bye-elections from 167-Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and 83-Yercaud (ST) Assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu along with the assembly elections.
Source:PTI, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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