Its November full of Elections: Five Indian states to go to the polls...Here's all you need to know!

In a crucial electoral phenomenon, five Indian states are all set to go for assembly polls next month as November is gearing up for a significant election season ahead of the 2024 general elections. The states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Mizoram, and Chhattisgarh would go to the polls at different dates of November that displays India isn't prone to go with BJP's agenda of 'One Nation, One Election'. 

On Monday - October 9, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the election schedules for these five states and apart from Chhattisgarh, the polls in the rest four states will be held in single phase. As these elections are considered to be the final leg before the Lok Sabha polls 2024, the political parties would tightly lock horns against each other to build a momentum for the general elections. 

According to the announcement from the ECI, Mizoram, with 40 assembly seats, will go for a single-phased polling which will be held on November 7, while Chhattisgarh, with 90 assembly seats, will go to the polls in two phases - the first phase of voting will be held on November 7 and the second phase of voting will take place on November 17. 

Madhya Pradesh has 230 assembly seats and will go to a single-phase poll on November 17 and Rajasthan, with 200 seats, will go for voting on November 23. With 119 assembly seats, Telangana will go for voting on November 30. The counting of votes in all the states will be done on December 3 during which the results will be announced. 

In a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar announced the election schedules for these five states and he further said, "In 40 days, we visited all five states and held discussions with political parties, as well as with Central and state enforcement agencies." He said that the total number of voters in all the five states is 16.1 crore. 

Madhya Pradesh has the highest number with 5.6 crore voters followed by Rajasthan with 5.25 crore voters, Telangana with 3.17 crore voters, Chhattisgarh with 2.03 crore voters, and Mizoram with 8.52 lakh voters. The Election Commission will be installing a total of 1.77 lakh polling stations, of which 1.1 lakh stations will be equipped with web-casting facilities. 

The commission will also be setting up new booths in remote and inaccessible areas to facilitate voter participation. New booths will be set up in desert areas of Barmer, Rajasthan and on Tulsi Dongri Hill on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border. Rajiv Kumar further said that over 60 lakh young people will cast vote for the first time in these states and with the view of inspiring them, over 2,900 polling stations will be managed by youth. Furthermore, more than 8,000 polling stations will be managed by women.