Assembly Elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana shall be held in four phases between November 12 and December 7. The counting for all the five states will be held on December 11, 2018. The dates of elections are as follows:
Chhattisgarh - 12th and 20th November (2 phases)
Madhya Pradesh - 28th November
Mizoram - 28th November
Rajasthan - 7th December
Telangana - 7th December
An innovative ‘bottom up’ approach of booth level planning and management has been implemented in the 5 States where Booth Level plans for Polling Stations have been prepared containing all information and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for response to ensure smooth conduct of elections at each Polling Station. VVPATs shall be used with the EVMs in all the polling stations. The Commission has also mandated that VVPAT slip count of one randomly selected Polling Station in each Assembly Constituency by the Returning Officer by Draw of Lot in presence of all candidates shall be done for verification of the result obtained from the Control Unit. Thus, VVPAT paper slips of one polling station in each Assembly Constituency will be counted in these States.
Voter Facilitation Centres have been activated in all the districts to facilitate voters. Special campaign including hands on experience, has been undertaken on EVM & VVPAT awareness starting September 2018 in view of VVPATs being used for the first time in the Assembly Elections in these states. In addition to that, short awareness film on VVPAT has been developed and widely disseminated through Cinemas, Cable TV besides Social Media including whatsapp besides others.
The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately with the announcement. ECI has launched c-VIGIL Android Mobile Application where ‘cVIGIL’ denotes ‘Vigilant Citizen’ . Using the application, vigilant citizens can send live reports on incidents of MCC violation within minutes of having witnessed them. The violations could be reported from the date of announcement of elections to a day after the polls without going to the office of the Returning Officer in their assembly constituency.
To ensure participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the election process, special initiatives have been rolled out ahead of these elections to facilitate persons with disabilities for enrolment as well as on poll day. Besides making awareness material accessible, extending EPIC in Braille for blind electors, sensitization of polling officials and making polling station accessible, electors with disabilities are being mapped Polling Station wise so that requisite facilitation can be extended on poll day. PwD electors shall be extended pick and drop facility on poll day to help them exercise their franchise. The Commission has also directed to issue Accessible Photo Voter Slips with Braille Features to Persons with Visual Impairment or Blind.
Voter Guide (in Vernacular / English) shall be handed over to every household ahead of the elections, giving information about the date and time of polls, contact details of the BLOs, important websites, helpline numbers, documents required for identification at the polling station besides other important information including the Do’s and Don’ts for voters at the polling station. This Voter Guide Brochure will be distributed along with the Photo Voter Slips by the BLOs.
Detailed Press note at https://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/Current/PN_06102018.pdf