LIVE: 5 states to vote between February 4 and March 8, counting of votes on March 11

By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 04 Jan 2017 03:52 PM
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will pick new assemblies between February 4 and March 8 in the biggest popularity test since the Lok Sabha polls of 2014.

The results from all the states will be known on March 11, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said on Wednesday while unveiling a slew of new election-related rules.


 

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Uttar Pradesh Elections:

  • Uttar Pradesh elections to take place in 7 phases

  • Phase 1 has 73 constituencies, and the date of poll for phase 1 will be February 11

  • Phase 2 has 67 constituencies and the date of poll in the same is February 15

  • Phase 3 has 29 constituencies and the polling would take place on February 19

  • In phase 4, there will be 63 constituencies and the date of polls will be Feb 23

  • In phase 5, the date of notification would be February 2, 2017  and the election would take place on February 27

  • In Phase 6, the date of notification would be Feb 5 and the date of polls will be March 4

  • In Phase 7, which has 40 constituencies; the date of polls will be March 8


 



Goa Elections: 


  • The Election would take place in 40 constituencies in a single phase

  • The Date of notification for the same would be January 11

  • The scrutiny of nomination to take place on Jan 19

  • Withdrawal of candidature to take place on Jan 21

  • The Elections in Goa to take place on February 4, 2017







Punjab Elections:  

  • The election in Punjab would take place in 117 constituencies

  • The date of notification for the same would be January 11

  • The last date of filing nomination: Jan 18

  • The scrutiny of nomination on Jan 19

  • Withdrawal of candidature by Jan 21

  • The Elections in the state of Punjab will take place on February 4


 



Uttarakhand Elections: 


  • The election to take place in 70 constituencies in single phase

  • The date of notification for the same would be Jan 20

  • Last date to file nomination is Jan 27

  • Scrutiny of nomination would be Jan 28

  • Withdrawal of nomination must be done by Jan 30

  • The date of voting would be February 15







Manipur Elections:

  • The elections would take place in 60 constituencies in 2 phases

  • Phase 1 will take place in 38 constituencies

  • Date of notification for phase 1 is February 8 and the last date to file nomination is Feb 15

  • The date of poll in phase 1 is March 4, 2017

  • Phase 2 will take place in 22 constituencies

  • Date of filing nomination in phase 1 is Feb 11 and last date is February 18

  • The date of poll in phase 2 is March 8, 2017


 



Other important information:

  •  60 million voters to participate in the elections: EC

  • 100% have election cards, the voter cards for new voters are also being provided

  • Colourful voter guides will be distributed which will have date and time of polling and do's and don'ts for voters

  • Separate polling stations for women and all women managed polling stations will be set up

  • Photo on nomination paper necessary for candidates

  • Expenditure done by political parties beyond RS 20 thousand will have to be done via cheques only says Election Commission

  • Electoral Rolls for Goa will be published on Jan 5, for Manipur on Jan 12, Punjab on Janu 5, Uttarakhand on Jan 10 and Uttar Pradesh on Jan 12: EC.


The exercise will involve 160 million voters and a total of 690 assembly seats, 403 of them in Uttar Pradesh alone.

Zaidi said the Model Code of Conduct would come into effect from now and would be applicable to all candidates, political parties, concerned state governments as well as the central government in as much as its decisions relate to the five states.

Almost all the main parties in the fray - the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) - welcomed the much awaited election schedule.

This will also be the first electoral contest since the November 8 demonetisation, which has triggered an unprecedented cash crunch, leading in turn to an opposition onslaught on the Narendra Modi government.

While polling in Goa, the smallest of the five states, and Punjab will take place on February 4, Uttarakhand will vote on February 15 and Manipur in two phases on March 4 and 8.

Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state, will go to the polls in seven phases: February 11 (73 seats), 15 (67 seats), 19 (69 seats), 23 (53 seats) and 27 (52 seats) and March 4 (49 seats) and 8 (40 seats).

Goa has 40 seats, Punjab 117, Manipur 60 and Uttarakhand has 70 seats.

All eyes will be on Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP is determined to take power by ousting the ruling Samajwadi Party -- now in the throes of a huge crisis -- and beating back a strong challenge from the BSP.

While the BJP rules Goa, it is a junior ally to the Shiromani Akali Dal-led government in Punjab. The Congress governs Uttarakhand and Manipur.

The AAP, the country's youngest political outfit and which rules Delhi, will contest for the first time in Punjab and Goa.

"We are committed to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner," Zaidi said. The Election Commission would also check the "misuse of black money and liquor".

For the first time, there will be separate polling stations for women and photographs of the candidates will be displayed on the electronic voting machines.

The poll panel would also insist on a certificate from candidates to show they owe no arrears to any government department vis-a-vis utilities bills and rent on official accommodation.

BJP spokesperson Siddhartha Nath Singh said: "Development will remain our plank but the opposition would like to attack demonetisation policy. Per se I think this will be very good for us."

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said the issues in each states will be different and "it is not going to be a single issue on which the elections will be fought".

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the AAP was confident of taking power in both Goa and Punjab.



(With additional information from IANS)

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