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Assembly elections 2022: Here’s the full schedule of polls in 5 states

With India fighting a third wave of Covid-19 triggered by the contagious Omicron variant, strict Covid protocols will also be in place, said the Election Commission.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 22, 2022 1:21:53 pm
Chief Election Commissioner announces the dates of the upcoming elections to five states. (Screengrab: Youtube @Election Commission)

Assembly elections in five states — Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur — will be completed in seven phases with UP being the first to go to polls on February 10, the Election Commission announced on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said the voting in UP will take place in seven phases starting from February 10, voting in Manipur will take place in two phases starting from February 27, while Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa elections will be conducted in a single phase on February 14. Results of all the assembly polls will be declared on March 10.

 

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The model code of conduct, which is a set of guidelines issued by the the poll body for conduct of political parties and candidates during elections mainly with respect to speeches, polling day, polling booths, portfolios, election manifestos, processions and general conduct, also comes into effect from today following this announcement.

Here’s the full state-wise schedule of the assembly elections

Uttar Pradesh (403 seats, 7 phases) 

Issue of notification (1st to 7th phase respectively): January 14, January 21, January 25, January 27, February 1, February 4, February 10
Last date of filing nomination (1st to 7th phase respectively): January 21, January 28, February 3, February 8, February 11, February 17
Scrutiny of nomination (1st to 7th phase respectively): January 24, January 29, February 2, February 4, February 9, February 14, February 18
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: (1st to 7th phase respectively) January 27, January 31, February 4, February 7, February 11, February 16, February 21
Dates of polling: February 10, February 14, February 20, February 23, February 27, March 3, March 7
Date of counting: March 10, 2022

Punjab (117 seats, 1 phase)

Issue of notification: January 21
Last date of filing nomination: January 28
Scrutiny of nomination: January 29
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: January 31
Dates of polling: February 14
Date of counting: March 10, 2022

Uttarakhand (70 seats, 1 phase)

Issue of notification: January 21
Last date of filing nomination: January 28
Scrutiny of nomination: January 29
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: January 31
Dates of polling: February 14
Date of counting: March 10, 2022

Goa (40 seats, 1 phase)

Issue of notification: January 21
Last date of filing nomination: January 28
Scrutiny of nomination: January 29
Last date of withdrawal of candidature: January 31
Dates of polling: February 14
Date of counting: March 10, 2022

Manipur (60 seats, 2 phases)

Issue of notification (1st and 2nd phase respectively): February 1, February 4
Last date of filing nomination (1st and 2nd phase respectively): February 8, February 11
Scrutiny of nomination (1st and 2nd phase respectively): February 9, February 14,
Last date of withdrawal of candidature (1st and 2nd phase respectively): 11 Feb, 3 March
Dates of polling: February 28, March 5
Date of counting: March 10, 2022

The commission said it worked on mainly three objectives for the upcoming elections: Covid-safe elections, peaceful and transparent polls and maximum voter participation.

With India fighting a third wave of Covid-19, triggered by the contagious Omicron variant, strict Covid protocols will be in place, said the Election Commission.

Terming the situation as “very dynamic”, Chandra said all the government officials on poll duty will be doubly vaccinated. The election officers will be treated as frontline workers and will be administered booster doses, he added. The EC also said that all the chief secretaries of of the poll-bound states have been directed to accelerate the vaccination to ensure lesser number of spread during the election process. Apart from this, polling time has been increased by one hour to reduce the number of footfalls in polling booths at a time. All involved in the voting process including officials, party representatives and voters have been directed to adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour

In view of the current Covid situation, the EC announced an absolute moratorium on physical roadshows, padyatras, processions, cycle or bicycle rallies till January 15. Nukkar sabhas or victory rallies have also been prohibited.

According to the data given out by the EC, 18.34 crore electors will participate in the upcoming elections, out of which, 8.55 are women. The Commission also said that every poll-bound state will have a booth that will solely be managed by women.

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