The Election Commission on Monday published notification for the December 7 election to the Telangana Legislative Assembly. As per the notification, nominations would be accepted from November 12 to 19 while the date for scrutiny of papers has been fixed on November 20.
The final date for withdrawing nominations is November 22. Polls are scheduled to be placed on December 7 and counting would be held on December 11. According to an earlier communication from the Chief Electoral officer’s office, the whole number of voters in Telangana have gone down by nearly nine lakh to 2.73 crores for the Assembly polls.
There would be more than 32,574 polling stations in the state and a few more may be established depending on the number of voters. The 119-member Assembly was dissolved on September 6 on the recommendation of the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led government, more than eight months ahead of the expiry of its term.
The Election Commission on Friday imposed a near month-long ban on holding exit polls commencing November 12 in the five poll-bound states including Telangana. Caretaker Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao given over B-Forms to the party’s contesting candidates Sunday after a brainstorming session with them.
He is expected to issue his nomination from Gajwel constituency in Medak district on November 14. The TRS has already announced its candidates for 107 segments, comprising 105 at one go within minutes of the Assembly dissolution, giving it a jump-start to the campaign and stunning the opposition.
The major opposition Congress forged an electoral pact with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) founded by retired Osmania University Political Science Professor Kodandaram and the Communist Party of India. However the “Grand Alliance” is yet to announce the list of the contesting candidates. BJP had so far announced 66 nominees in two tranches.