Madya Pradesh Election news
POLLING WOULD TAKE PLACE IN TIME, ECI
Ending all speculations regarding postponement of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday made it clear that polling would take place in time.
While talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said, “No dates could be indicated at present. Our coming here is enough proof that the elections would take place in time. Polling schedule would be announced before media.” Nonetheless, he assured that the festive season with Deepawali and Ijtema falling in November would be taken into account while finalising the poll schedule.
Observing that the electoral list is authentic, Rawat said that the ECI has identified certain discrepancies in the voters' list and initiated the process to rectify them. Mentioning that certain reports vis--vis electronic voting machines (EVMs) being manufactured in China and Japan are false and unfounded, he informed that the manufacturing is being done at the Bharat Electronics Limited and the Electronics Corporation of India Limited.
“Videogrpahy of the production facility ensures that the manufacturing process is safe and secure akin to production of currency. No tampering with EVMs is possible,” claimed Rawat. Expressing satisfaction with the poll-preparedness in Madhya Pradesh where 4.94 crore-strong electorate including 2.34 cr women would exercise their franchise, he said that a few political parties complained that certain polling station in the state's northern part had been shifted making it difficult for electorate belonging to weaker sections to cast their votes. “Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors have been directed to look into the matter and resolve the problem,” said the Chief Election Commissioner.
A full delegation of the ECI including the Chief Election Commissioner arrived on a three-day visit to the Madhya Pradesh capital on August 27 to look into poll preparedness in the poll-bound state.
Rawat was accompanied by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lawasa besides host of other senior officials. They were in Bhopal for three days during which they interacted with all the stakeholders in the election.
The delegation met representatives of recognised political parties and nodal officers of various agencies besides interacting with divisional commissioners, inspectors general of police, collectors and superintendents of police from afternoon. It also met the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police.
The last assembly elections were held on November 25 in a single phase. The results were declared on December 8. However, the tenure of the current state assembly would be complete in the first week of January 2019.
Madhya Pradesh By-election Results 2018 LIVE: Congress Wins Both Mungaoli and Kolaras Seats
The Congress has emerged victorious in Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh. Although inconsequential in terms of the strength in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the results of the by-election are expected to alter political equations within both the Congress and the BJP. Riding on mass support base of MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Congress is hoping for wins in both seats while the ruling BJP is hoping that three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has enough left in the tank to pull through in the by-elections.