The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the poll schedule for bypolls in one parliamentary constituency of Bihar and 56 Assembly constituencies in various states, including 28 in Madhya Pradesh.
Polling will be held on November 3 in 54 assembly seats and on November 7 in one Lok Sabha seat and two assembly constituencies. The counting of votes will be held on November 10.
However, the Commission has decided not to announce by-elections in two Assembly seats in Assam, two in Kerala, two in Tamil Nadu and one in West Bengal at this stage on the basis of the inputs received from the states.
Inputs expressing difficulties in conduct of elections and issues related to it were received from the chief secretaries and chief electoral officers from the states, the Commission said in a statement.
The election schedule has been announced for one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar – Valmiki Nagar, and 56 Assembly seats – 28 in Madhya Pradesh, eight in Gujarat, seven in Uttar Pradesh, two each in Jharkhand, Karnataka, Nagaland, Manipur and Odisha, and one each in Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Telangana.
For 54 assembly seats, except in Manipur, the date of notification for the elections is October nine, the last date of nomination is October 16, the date for scrutiny of nomination is October 17 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is October 19. The date of polling in these seats is November 3. The second phase of polling in Bihar, which will have elections in three phases, is also on November 3.
For the one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and two assembly constituencies in Manipur, the date of notification is October 13, the last date of nomination is October 20, the date for scrutiny of nomination is October 21 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is October 23. Elections in these three constituencies will be held on November 7, coinciding with the Phase three polling in the Bihar Assembly polls.
The counting of votes for all the 56 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat will be held on November 10, the same day on which the results for the Assembly elections in Bihar will be announced.