Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram poll dates changed

October 29th, 2008 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) The Election Commission Wednesday rescheduled the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram to Nov 27 and Dec 2 respectively to provide more time for deploying security forces.“After reassessing the time required for proper demobilisation and transportation of the police forces for elections in Madhya Pradesh after the elections in Chhattisgarh are over on Nov 20, the Commission has now decided to re-fix the poll date in Madhya Pradesh on Nov 27 instead of Nov 25 announced earlier,” the poll panel said in a statement.

It said the Mizoram election date was changed since Nov 29, the previously announced date, was a Saturday, which “has some special significance” for a segment of people and it would be “inconvenient” for them to vote that day.

The statement said the other stages of elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram remain unchanged.

The Election Commission Oct 14 announced election dates for Rajasthan (Dec 4), Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh (Nov 14 and 20), Mizoram and Delhi (Nov 29). Counting of votes cast would be taken up Dec 8.

A week later, the commission declared seven-phased elections for Jammu and Kashmir, from Nov 17 to Dec 24. Counting will be on Dec 28.

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