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Assembly Election Dates For Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa Announced

Jan 04, 2017
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NEW DELHI: The Election Commission today announced the dates and phases of elections for 5 states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa. Voting will take place in a single phase in Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand, while Manipur will have 2 phases of voting, and Uttar Pradesh will have 7 phases of voting. Counting of votes for all states will happen on March 11. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi made the announcements.

Here are the announcements made by the Election Commission on assembly election dates and phases:
Assemblies expiring on: Goa 18 March, Manipur 18 March, Punjab 18 March, Uttarakhand 26 March, and Uttar Pradesh 27 March.

Number of constituencies: 619/690 – 133 reserved for Scheduled Castes, 23 for Scheduled Tribes.

Millions of errors, multiple entries have been removed from the electoral rolls.

Revised electoral rolls published on: Goa – January 5, Manipur – January 12, Punjab – January 5, Uttarakhand – January 10, and Uttar Pradesh – January 12.

The Election Commission will distribute photo voters slip to all voters. These have been improved.

Colourful voter guide will be distributed to all families. This will have details of polling stations, date and time of polling, ID docs that can be used, etc.

1.85 Lakh polling stations will be covered. This has increased by 15 per cent.

There are over 16 crore voters in the 5 states.

For secrecy, height of the voting compartment has been raised to 30 inches.

Electronic Voter Machines or EVMs will be used in all states.

As you know there is a symbol provided at bottom of EVM for ‘None Of The Above’ or NOTA.

In certain constituencies there will be Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail or VVPAT.

The number of constituencies with VVPAT will be increased.

Election Commission is joining the rank of global leaders in the area of electronic transmission of votes. This is a historic (first) step.

Electronic transmission of votes done keeping in mind defence personnel.

Postal votes will be transmitted one-way in certain constituencies.

Candidates will be required to file a no demand certificate.

The rules have also been changed. Candidates will have to fix a photograph on nomination paper. They will have to declare that they are citizens of India, not sought foreign citizenship.

The model code of conduct comes into immediate effect.

The Election Commission is determined to ensure strict compliance.

In the last 72 hours there are reports of malpractices, so new SOP has been introduced.

The Election Commission is discouraging parties from using any environmentally hazardous materials for publicity. We also discourage the use of loudspeakers.

We will conduct elections in free and fair manner.

Arrangements have been made for adequate central police in addition to local police.

The limit on expenses and expenditures are: Goa 20 lakh, Manipur 20 lakh, Punjab 28 lakh, Uttarakhand 28 lakh, and Uttar Pradesh 28 lakh.

The Election Commission will ensure complete coordination of enforcement agencies.

Among new measures, booth or kiosk set up by candidates will be included in candidate expenditure.

Candidates will also be required to open accounts in banks.

Expenses above Rs. 20,000 will be made out of this bank account, and made through cheque.

Donations and loans greater than Rs. 20,000 will have to be done by way of cheque or draft.

Political parties will need to file expenses within 30 days of election results, and final accounts within 75 days of results.

Media is a friend of the Election Commission. We are proud of it. The commission will be swift in response to news.
Election Commission encourages the use of social media.

Some TV channels carry huge publicity for candidates. All expenses on TV will be included in expenses of candidates.
The Election Commission will curb muscle power and abuse of money.

In the past 2-3 days, Election Commission held hectic meetings with all stakeholders.

Counting of votes for all states (all phases) on March 11, 2017.

GOA – 40 Constituencies
Notification – January 11, 2017
Number of Constituencies – 40
Last date of nominations – January 18, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 19, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 21, 2017.
Voting to be held on February 04, 2017 – In single phase.
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017

PUNJAB – 117 Constituencies
Notification – January 11, 2017
Number of Constituencies – 117
Last date of nominations – January 18, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 19, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 21, 2017.
Voting to be held on February 04, 2017 – In single phase.
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017

UTTARAKHAND – 70 Constituencies
Notification – January 20, 2017
Last date of nominations – January 27, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 28, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 30, 2017.
Voting to be held on February 15, 2017 – In single phase.
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017

MANIPUR (2 PHASES)
Manipur has 60 constituencies and voting will take place in 2 phases
Counting of votes (Both phases): March 11, 2017
PHASE 1: 38 Constituencies
Notification – February 08, 2017
Last date of nominations – February 15, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – February 16, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – February 18, 2017
Voting to be held on – March 04, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017
PHASE 2: 22 Constituencies
Notification – February 11, 2017
Last date of nominations – February 18, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – February 20, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – February 22, 2017
Voting to be held on March 08, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017

UTTAR PRADESH
Uttar Pradesh has 403 constituencies and elections will take place in 7 phases
Counting of votes (All phases): March 11, 2017
PHASE 1: 73 Constituencies – 15 Districts
Notification – January 17, 2017
Last date of nominations – January 24, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 25, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 27, 2017
Voting to be held on February 11, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017
PHASE 2: 67 Constituencies – 11 Districts
Notification – January 20, 2017
Last date of nominations – January 27, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 28, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 30, 2017
Voting to be held on February 15, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017
PHASE 3: 69 Constituencies – 12 Districts
Notification – January 24, 2017
Last date of nominations – January 31, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – February 02, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – February 04, 2017
Voting to be held on February 19, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017
PHASE 4: 53 Constituencies – 12 Districts
Notification – January 30, 2017
Last date of nominations – February 06, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – February 07, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – February 09, 2017
Voting to be held on February 23, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017
PHASE 5: 52 Constituencies – 11 Districts
Notification – February 02, 2017
Last date of nominations – February 09, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – February 11, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – February 13, 2017
Voting to be held on February 27, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017
PHASE 6: 49 Constituencies – 7 Districts
Notification – February 08, 2017
Last date of nominations – February 15, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – February 16, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – February 18, 2017
Voting to be held on March 04, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017
PHASE 7: 40 Constituencies – 7 Districts
Notification – February 11, 2017
Last date of nominations – February 18, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – February 20, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – February 22, 2017
Voting to be held on March 08, 2017
Counting of votes: March 11, 2017

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