The State Election Commission’s voter registration drive seems to have paid off. Nearly 30 lakh new voters, mostly from Maharashtra’s urban areas, have registered themselves in the EC drive initiated after the Lok Sabha elections of April 2009. The code of conduct for the Assembly elections is likely to come into effect by the end of this month and the polls are likely to be held in two phases with the possible dates of polling falling between October 5 and 15. The new government has to be formed by November 4 as the five-year term of the Democratic Front government ends on November 3. Over 7.28 core voters were registered with the EC before the parliamentary elections. That figure has now gone up to 7.58 crore before Maharashtra’s 288 Assembly constituencies go to vote later this year.