Election dates announced for Punjab, UP, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur polls | Details

Chief Election Commissioner announces elections in Punjab, UP, Goa

Punjab and Goa will go to the polls together on 4 February, Uttarakhand on 15 February and Manipur in two phases on 4 and 8 March. The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases between 11 February and 8 March. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said counting of votes in all five states will take place on 11 March. Zaidi added that the Model Code of Conduct becomes effective immediately.
Announcing the poll schedule for five states, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls for 403 constituencies will be held on 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 February and 4 and 8 March.

The main players in the five states include the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiromani Akali Dal, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Manipur People’s Party.

Over 16 crore voters will exercise their democratic rights for a total of 690 constituencies in five states, for which the Commission has set up 1.85 lakh polling stations, which are 15 per cent more than those set up in 2012 polls, Zaidi told the press. The CEC flanked by the two election commissioners AK Joti and OP Rawat announced that the poll process will commence with the issue of notification on 11 January for Punjab and Goa polls where candidates can start filing their nominations.

Punjab has 117 Assembly seats and elections will be held in single phase on 4th February

Notification – 11 January, 2017
Last date of nominations – 18 January, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 19 January, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 21 January, 2017.
Elections to be held on 4 February, 2017

“The Model Code of Conduct will come into immediate effect and will apply on political parties and state governments concerned, besides the central government in terms of announcements in these states,” Zaidi told reporters. The CEC said candidates will have to open a fresh bank account for all election expenses and all expenses above Rs 20,000 will be made through cheques from their respective accounts. He added that all donations will also be accepted through cheques.

The maximum limit for expenses for each candidates in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand is Rs 28 lakh, while that in Goa and Manipur is Rs 20 lakh, he said.

Zaidi said the use of black money in these elections is expected to reduce post demonetisation, but use of other illegal inducements in different forms may see an increase. He said for the first time the EC will issue Standard Operating Procedures for the first 72 hours of poll process after announcement of polls and for the last 72 hours before polling to ensure that the poll machinery is set rolling and activated.

The EC has also for the first time made it mandatory for every candidate contesting these polls to file another affidavit in the form of a “No demand certificate” declaring any pending electricity, water, telephone bills and rent for government accommodation in their possession in last ten years. The CEC said candidates will also make a declaration while filing their nominations on their being a citizen of India and having not held citizenship of any other country.

 

Details of elections in other states is as follows!

 

Uttar Pradesh has 403 constituencies and elections will take place in seven phases

Phase One: 73 Constituencies includes 15 districts
Notification – 17 January, 2017
Last date of nominations – 24 January, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 25 January, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 27 January, 2017
Elections will be held on 11 February, 2017

Phase Two: 67 Constituencies, includes 11 districts
Notification – 20 January, 2017
Last date of nominations – 27 January, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 28 January, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 30 January, 2017
Elections will be held on 15 February, 2017

Phase Three: 69 Constituencies, includes 12 districts
Notification – 24 January, 2017
Last date of nominations – 31 January, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 2 February, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 4 February, 2017
Elections will be held on 19 February, 2017

Phase Four: 53 Constituencies, includes 12 districts
Notification – 30 January, 2017
Last date of nominations – 6 February, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 7 February, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 9 February, 2017
Elections will be held on 23 February, 2017

Phase Five: 52 Constituencies, includes 11 Districts
Notification – 2 February, 2017
Last date of nominations – 9 February, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 11 February, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 13 February, 2017
Elections will be held on 27 February, 2017

Phase Six: 49 Constituencies, includes 7 Districts
Notification – 8 February, 2017
Last date of nominations – 15 February, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 16 February, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 18 February, 2017
Elections will be held on 4 March, 2017

Phase Seven: 40 Constituencies, includes 7 Districts
Notification – 11 February, 2017
Last date of nominations – 18 February, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 20 February, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 22 February, 2017
Elections will be held on 8 March, 2017

Goa has 40 Assembly seats and the election will be held in single phase

Notification – 11 January, 2017
Last date of nominations – 18 January, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 19 January, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 21 January, 2017.
Elections will be held on 4 February, 2017

Manipur has 60 Assembly seats and the election will be held in two phases

First Phase

Notification – 8 February, 2017
Last date of nominations – 15 February, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 16 February, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 18 February, 2017
First Phase election to be held on 4 March, 2017

Second Phase

Notification: 11 February, 2017
Last date of nominations – 18 February, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – 28 February, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – 2 March, 2017
Second phase elections will be held on 8 March, 2017