Is election commission planning to hold elections in 5 states together?

The election commission has told that it will consider holding elections in Chattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana together. The Poll body will likely be holding in all the states at once considering that it has to conduct the General election by May next year. Earlier, Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat was not so sure regarding holding the elections in Telangana with the other four states. He was quoted as saying, “I can’t say. There is a compulsion that it must be held within six months but let me clarify there is no such law. This six-month time frame is based on a Supreme Court ruling. The apex court says elections must be held at the first instance after the dissolution of a state assembly and should not be delayed more than six months’. He further added, “But if the state is prepared, there is no reason we can’t hold elections there along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. We can hold polls if Telangana is prepared. But there is a big ‘if’”.

According to the reports the poll will be finished by mid of December. As the date for releasing final voter list is October 8th, the polls are likely to be conducted anytime soon after that. After the Telangana government was dissolved on 6th of September, the ongoing process of revision of electoral rolls was terminated and a fresh revision was scheduled.

The elections in Chattisgarh might be conducted in two phase while all the other states will have the polls in one phase only. The term of Mizoram Assembly ends on December 15 and the terms of the legislative assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan are going to end on January 5, 2019, January 7, 2019, and January 20, 2019, respectively.

As the elections are going to be held together, the process of election is expected to end before December 15th so that the next Mizoram assembly can be formed before that.

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