Election to the Legislative Assembly of Haryana will be held in a single phase on October 21, 2019. Counting of votes will take place on October 24 and the results will be out on the same day.
Voting will begin at 7 am, at all polling booths, according to the EC. A total of 19,578 polling stations have been set up in 10,324 locations in the state. 19,425 polling stations are regular and 153 are auxiliary polling stations. 5,741 polling stations have been set up in urban areas while 13,837 polling stations have been set up in rural areas.
As many 1,168 candidates are in the fray for 90 seats for which the campaigning will end on October 19. Of this, 1,064 are men and 104 are women. One candidate is a Transgender.
The notification for the election for Haryana was issued on September 27. The last date for filing nomination was October 4, while the scrutiny of the nomination papers was done on October 5. The last day for withdrawing nominations was October 7.
In the forthcoming Assembly Elections in Haryana, 1,83,90,525 voters will exercise their voting rights in the state.
Joint chief electoral officer Haryana, Inder Jeet said that according to the voter list published on October 4, 2019, there are a total of 1,83,90,525 voters in the state, including 1,07,955 service voters. He further said that there are 98,78,042 male voters, 85,12,231 female voters and 252 transgender voters in the state.
The upper limit for expenditure on the election campaign is Rs 28 lakh for each candidate, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora announced.
The Election Commission of India has also assured all stakeholders of the quality of EVMs during the assembly election in Haryana.
The Election Commission (EC) on October 15 reiterated a complete ban on exit polls for the upcoming Assembly elections. In a detailed statement, the Election Commission said, “And as per the provisions of Section 126A of The Representation of the People Act, 1951 (in short R.P. Act, 1951), there shall be restrictions on conduct of any exit poll and publication and dissemination of result of such exit polls during the period notified by the EC.”
For the convenience of visually impaired voters in the state, Electors Photo Identity Cards (Epic), and photo voter slips have been printed in Braille script. Apart from this, many types of facilities are being provided to differently-abled voters, including the provision of wheelchairs, ramps at polling stations and transport facilities, said Haryana chief electoral officer (CEO) Anurag Agarwal.
The number of identified Persons with Disabilities (PwD) voters in Lok Sabha Election-2019 was 1,0,4000.
Haryana Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar (65) is leading from the front ahead of the Assembly polls in the state. BJP kicked off its poll campaign for the Assembly elections on August 18.
While the BJP and the Congress are contesting on all 90 seats, the BSP is in fray on 87 seats, and the INLD is contesting on 81 seats. There are some 375 candidates contesting as Independents.
BJP won all the 10 parliamentary seats in Haryana in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, held earlier this year. And, is leaving no stone unturned for a repeat performance in the state assembly elections as well. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September, launched the election campaign for the state by addressing the ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally at Rohtak. There he thanked the people for their support to the BJP government.
The first BJP Chief Minister of the state, Khattar aims to increase the party’s tally in this election.
The main Opposition in Haryana, the Indian National Lok Dal has been reduced to a minority as most of its legislators and leaders have joined the BJP. Congress party is facing infighting and factionalism. Though, Congress might have stopped some of it by the appointment of Kumari Selja as the new Haryana chief.
In the 2014 Assembly polls in Haryana, the BJP won 47 seats and formed the government in the state for the first time. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) came second at 19 while the ruling Congress (which ruled the state for two consecutive terms till 2014) managed just 15 seats. Two seats went to the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), and one each to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Five Independents were also elected.
BJP won all the 10 parliamentary seats in Haryana in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, held earlier this year
The five-year term of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana expires on November 2.