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Rajasthan poll date changed from November 23 to November 25 due to 'large scale weddings'

The assembly election in Rajasthan was earlier scheduled for November 23, however, various political parties urged the Election Commission of India to change the polling date due to an event during which mass weddings take place in the state which could result in low voter turnout.

Reported By : Devendra Parashar Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari
New Delhi
Updated on: October 11, 2023 18:02 IST
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Rajasthan Assembly Election: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday changed the polling date for Rajasthan Assembly Election from November 23 to November 25 due to "large scale weddings".

The polling body in its notification said, "The Election Commission of India had announced the schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan dated 9th October, 2023 along with other States wherein the date of poll for Rajasthan was fixed on 23 November, 2023 (Thursday). Subsequently, representations have been received in the Commission from various political parties, social organisations and also issues raised in various media platforms for change of date of poll considering large scale wedding/social engagement on that day which may cause inconvenience to large number of people, various logistic issues and may lead to reduced voters participation during poll."

"The Commission, having considered these factors and representations, has decided to change the date of poll from 23rd November, 2023 (Thursday) to 25th November, 2023 (Saturday)," the polling body said.

Apart from Rajasthan, the polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 17, Rajasthan on November 23, Telangana on November 30, and Mizoram on November 7.

The counting of votes will take place as scheduled on December 3, along with the same for four other state assembly polls.

Reacting after change of polling dates, BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said, "This is a good thing. The Election Commission wants more voting to happen... This is a good decision... I welcome it."

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