Jaipur, Oct 09: The Election Commission of India has officially unveiled the comprehensive schedule for the upcoming Rajasthan assembly elections in 2023. During a press conference held in Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar disclosed that Rajasthan’s voting day is scheduled for November 23, with the election being conducted in a single phase and polling stations opening at 8 AM local time.
Kumar revealed that a staggering 5.25 crore eligible voters will have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to choose a new government for Rajasthan. With the announcement of the election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has been enforced in the state.
The State Election Commission will issue a Gazette Notification outlining the election schedule on October 30. The deadline for candidate nominations in Rajasthan is November 6, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 9.
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The crucial counting of votes for the Rajasthan assembly elections in 2023 is slated for December 3. It is highly likely that the results will be announced on the same day, bringing the election process to a conclusion by December 5.
Rajasthan is not the sole state gearing up for elections. Four additional states – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram – will also conduct their assembly elections concurrently. Vote counting will occur on December 3, with results expected on the same day.
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar further disclosed that a total of 1.77 lakh polling stations will be established in 679 constituencies across these five states for the upcoming Assembly elections in 2023.
“These elections will see the deployment of 17,734 Model polling stations, 621 Polling stations managed by PwD staff, and 8,192 Polling stations with women in charge,” he added.
These upcoming assembly elections represent a significant test for all major political parties, including the ruling Congress party in Rajasthan and the primary opposition, the BJP, as they prepare for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.