Election Commission today announced the election dates for three north eastern states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. In Tripura, polling would be held on 14th February 2013 whereas in Meghalaya and Nagaland, it would be held on 23rd February 2013. Counting in all the three states would be held on 28th February 2013. Polling would be held between 7 am and 4 pm in the three states. Along with the three state assemblies, bye-elections would also be held for 9 assembly seats in seven different states of the country. The assembly constituencies where bye-elections would be held are Algapur (Assam), Kalyanpur (SC) (Bihar), Chandgad (Maharashtra), Chalfilh (ST) (Mizoram), Bhatpar (Uttar Pradesh), Nalhati Birbhum, English Bazar, Rejinagar (West Bengal) and Moga (Punjab).
In Mizoram, Punjab, UP and West Bengal polling would be held on 23rd February 2013 whereas in Assam, Bihar and Maharashtra polling would be held on 24th February 2013. Polling would be held between 8am and 5 pm for the bye-elections. Counting for the bye-elections too would be held on 28th February.
The three states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura have historically shown high turnouts. Now that even other states of the country are catching up with North Eastern states in terms of turnout (most recent example Gujarat, which crossed 70% turnout for the first time in assembly elections held last month), would these states create new turnout record? Lets hope they do and inspire voters of rest of the country.