Election Schedule for Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand may be announced soon.
The election schedule of Maharashtra and Haryana is likely to be announced in the next few days. Top sources in the Election Commission (EC) said that the announcement could begin in the next two to three days.
Elections for the three-state assemblies Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand are due before the end of the year. Notification of Haryana and Maharashtra elections will come first. The Jharkhand Legislative Assembly will go to elections later and may be involved in several phases due to the threat of Left-Wing Extremism and deployment of forces.
Sources said that the entire process of voting and counting in Maharashtra and Haryana may be done before Diwali.
The final round of review for the elections to the two-state assemblies of the BJP-ruled states is underway. The EC has held several rounds of meetings with state institutions and home ministry officials on security assessment and deployment of paramilitary forces during elections.
EC teams recently took a review visit to Maharashtra for evaluation. Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa visited Haryana about 10 days ago. In both states, the Special Summary Poll Amendment exercise is completed. The Election Commission in July directed the chief secretaries and chief executive officers of both states. The Election Commission is to finalize the list of officials of both the states, which may be directly associated with election duties.