Exactly a month in advance, the Election Commission announced elections from November 14, 2008 in the five states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Mizoram. It deferred a decision on Jammu and Kashmir as it was still assessing the security situation.
The counting of votes in all the states will be taken up on December 8.
The model code of conduct comes into effect in these states immediately, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami said on Tuesday, October 14, 2008.
Here is a quick primer on the states that are entering the poll mode