The Election Commission of the country has announced the date of assembly elections to be held in Maharashtra and Haryana. Both states will vote in a single phase on October 21, while votes will be counted on October 24. Giving information about the election program, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that notification will be issued on September 27 in both states. Nominations can be made by October 4 and nominations can be withdrawn by October 7. Apart from this, by-elections will also be held on October 21 on 64 assembly seats in different states and Samastipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar. Polling will be held in a single round in Maharashtra with 288 assembly seats and Haryana with 90 seats. With the announcement of the electoral schedule, the code of conduct of the elections has also come into force in both the states. Now no new announcements will be made in both the states. In Maharashtra, 8.9 crore voters and 1 crore 28 lakh voters in Haryana will exercise their franchise.
The by-election will also be held on October 21 on 64 assembly seats in different states and Samastipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar.
Legislative Assembly term till 2 November in Haryana, 9 November in Maharashtra-
Maharashtra will use 1.8 lakh EVMs to complete the voting process, while Haryana will use 1.3 lakh EVMs. In Haryana, the term of the current assembly ends on November 2, while in Maharashtra the term ends on November 9. At present, the BJP is in power in both the states, so it will be a challenge for them to preserve their power in both the states. In Maharashtra, the BJP is running a coalition government with the Shiv Sena, while in Haryana it is ruling with a majority.
BJP won 47 of the 90 seats in Haryana. For the first time, the BJP got a majority on its own in Haryana and a government was formed under Manohar Lal Khattar. At the same time, BJP emerged as the largest party by winning 122 seats out of 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra. For the first time in 25 years, Shiv Sena and BJP contested separately and no one could reach majority on their own. After the election, the two once again formed a coalition government.
Candidates will be able to spend 28 lakhs, avoiding plastic-
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the candidates’ candidature will be canceled for not providing information about the criminal record. The commission has set a spending limit of Rs 28 lakh for the candidates. Supervisors will be appointed to oversee electoral spending. The candidates taking part in the elections will have to submit their weapons. Apart from this, the Election Commission has appealed not to use plastic keeping in mind the environment.