Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh – the first round of state polls to be held after the Lok Sabha election in April-May – will be conducted in a single phase on October 13, the Election Commission has announced. The assembly election for Maharashtra is scheduled for the 13 of October. And with counting scheduled only on October 22, the political parties and candidates can expect to be on the edge for a whole nine days – coinciding, ironically, with the festive season of Diwali – after polling. CEC Navin Chawla, who announced the poll schedule clarified that the time-lag between polling and counting – which is quite unusual for a single-day poll – was necessitated to give time to the polling parties in certain remote polling stations of Arunachal to get back with the EVMs after completion of polling. As per the schedule released, the notification for the one-day assembly poll in the three states will be issued on September 18. The last date for nomination is September 25. Scrutiny of nominations would be held on September 26, following which nominations can be withdrawn until September 29. The election is scheduled to be completed by October 25.

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