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Assembly Elections 2022 schedule: Uttar Pradesh polls between Feb 10 to March 7; Punjab on Feb 14: Highlights from EC briefing

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Election Commission media briefing on Assembly Elections 2022 schedule Highlights: Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Saturday announced a seven-phase poll schedule for the upcoming assembly elections in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa amid strict COVID-19 protocols including a blanket ban on physical rallies until Jan 15. The poll body will review situation on January 15 and update on the ban further.  Among states, Uttar Pradesh to go to poll in 7 phases from 10th Feb to 7th March; Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa to vote on 14th February & Manipur to vote on 27th Feb & 3 March; Counting of votes on 10th March. 

Assembly Elections 2022 schedule: Uttar Pradesh polls between Feb 10 to March 7; Punjab on Feb 14: Highlights from EC briefing
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  • Ensure social distancing, limit number of people in rallies: Healthcare experts to poll-bound states

    As the Election Commission announced assembly poll schedule for five states , healthcare experts have advised these states to ensure social distancing norms are followed and set a limit on the number of people attending rallies, saying violations of Covid guidelines can have severe repercussions at this critical stage of the pandemic.

    With the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding, the commission has set new protocols to ensure "Covid safe" elections to 690 assembly seats across the five states, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra told reporters here. Healthcare experts cautioned that any violations of rules at this critical time can have severe repercussions in view of the current COVID-19 situation in the country.

  • BJP to get 'overwhelming majority', says Yogi after EC announces poll dates

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday welcomed the announcement of poll dates in the state and said the BJP will return to power with an "overwhelming majority". The Election Commission has announced seven-phase voting in Uttar Pradesh starting February 10. Counting of votes will take place in March, along with four other poll-bound states.

    "We welcome the festival of democracy. "With the blessings of the people and on the basis of the double engine government's achievements, the BJP will form its government with an overwhelming majority," Adityanath tweeted in Hindi.

  • AAP is ready: Arvind Kejriwal after poll schedule announcement

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said his party is ready to contest the assembly polls in various states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The AAP national convenor made the remark soon after the Election Commission announced the poll schedules for five states, including Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, besides UP and Punjab assemblies.

    The dates for the elections have been announced. The Aam Aadmi Party is ready, Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi. The AAP has decided to contest in all these states barring Manipur.

  • CAIT demand online voting provision 

    The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) appreciated the Election Commission of India’s move to ban physical campaign rallies until January 15 and has requested the poll body to continue the ban through the entire campaign period. It has also called for the EC to provide an option to cast votes online.

  • Uttar Pradesh assembly poll schedule 

    Voting in Uttar Pradesh will take place on all days of the seven-phased assembly elections 2022. In the first phase on Feb 10, voters of 58 constituencies will cast their ballot, followed by 55 constituencies in Phase 2, 59 constituencies in Phase 3, 60 constituencies each in Phase 4 and 5, 57 in Phase 6 and 54 in the last phase of polling. 

    Assembly Elections 2022 schedule: Uttar Pradesh polls between Feb 10 to March 7; Punjab on Feb 14: Highlights from EC briefing
  • All set for the Big Day: Captain Amarinder Singh as EC announces poll dates 

    "Sooner the better. We are all set for the Big Day that will decide the future of Punjab. I appeal to the people to participate in the carnival of democracy with full spirit while at the same time observing all COVID-related protocols," former Punjab CM said in a tweet. 

  • Assembly elections 2022 in 5 states begin on Feb 10, vote counting on March 10: Election Commission
    Assembly elections 2022 dates announced: The polling exercise across five states— Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa, and Uttarakhand— will take place in seven phases, starting from…
    Assembly Elections 2022 schedule: Uttar Pradesh polls between Feb 10 to March 7; Punjab on Feb 14: Highlights from EC briefing
  • ECI will not interfere in presentation of the budget, which is an annual exercise for the whole country, says EC

  • Full Schedule | Elections in 5 States to Start from Feb 10, Results on March 10

    First Phase UP – 10th Feb

    Second Phase UP – 14th Feb Punjab – 14th Feb Uttarakhand – 14th Feb Goa – 14th Feb

    Third Phase UP – 20th Feb

    Fourth Phase UP – 23rd Feb

    Fifth Phase UP – 27th Feb Manipur – 27th Feb

    Sixth Phase UP – 3rd March Manipur – 3rd March

    Seventh Phase UP – 7th March

    Results 10th March (5 States)

  • ECI will not interfere in presentation of the budget, which is an annual exercise for the whole country

  • Uttar Pradesh to go to poll in 7 phases from 10th Feb to 7th March; Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa to vote on 14th February & Manipur to vote on 27th Feb & 3 March; Counting of votes on 10th March: ECI

  • Results of UP Elections on 10 March

    Dates of polling in UP Elections:

    First Phase: Feb 10

    Second Phase: Feb 14

    Third Phase: Feb 20

    Fourth Phase: Feb 23

    Fifth Phase: Feb 27

    Sixth Phase: March 3

    Seventh Phase: March 7

    Result Date: 10 March

  • CEC Sushil Chandra Live: All elections of 5 states to be conducted in 7 states

    Uttar Pradesh first phase polling on Feb 10; 2nd phase will be on Feb 14

  • CEC: Polling time increased by one hour in all poll bound states due to the pandemic. 

    Political parties should ensure strict compliance of COVID related guidelines

    ECI has decided that no padyatra, roadshow, no cycle or vehicle rally or procession will be allowed till 15th January, 2022

    No election rally will be allowed till 15th January, 2022

    No nukkad sabhas or victory processions to be allowed

    ECI urges political parties to go for more virtual campaigns

    Political parties should distribute masks and sanitizers to workers

    Maximum five persons including the candidate will be allowed for door to door campaign

    ECI will review its ban on physical election rallies after 15th Jan

  • CEC: All ECI officials will be regarded as frontline workers, those eligible will be vaccinated with a precautionary dose

  • CEC: Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect immediately from announcement of the schedules

  • Candidates contesting polls will be given an option for online nomination: Election Commission

  • Mandatory for political parties to upload on their website detailed info regarding candidates with pending criminal cases:CEC

    CEC Sushil Chandra: "It is mandatory for political parties to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases selected as poll candidates. They will also have to give a reason to select the candidate."

  • CEC: Senior citizens above 80 years of age, persons with disabilities & COVID19 patients can vote by postal ballot

    "EVMs and VVPATs will be utilized in all the polling stations. Election Commission has already made arrangments to ensure an adequate number of EVMs and VVPATs for the smooth conduct of elections," news agency ANI quoted CEC Sushil Chandra as saying in a tweet.

  • CEC: One all women booth in each constituency

    In his press briefing, the CEC said that all polling booths will have less than 1000 voters for smooth polling and one booth in each constituency is to be totally manned by women staff and security members.

    "ECI has mandated that at least one polling station managed exclusively by women shall be set up in every Assembly constituency. Our officers have identified much more than that. There're 690 Assembly seats but we are setting up 1620 such polling booths," news agency ANI quoted Chandra in a tweet.

  • CEC Sushil Chandra press briefing: 18.34 Crore voters in 5 states

    A total of 18.34 crore electors including service voters will take part in this election out of which 8.55 crore are women electors, CEC Sushil Chandra said.

    Not just that, as many as 24.9 lakh are first-time electors registered in the 5 states including Uttar Pradesh, news agency ANI quoted CEC in a tweet.

  • Elections to be held for 403 assembly seats in UP, 117 in Punjab, 70 in Uttarakhand 60 in Manipur and 40 in Goa: CEC Sushil Chandra

    690 Assembly Seats in 5 States to Go for Polls in 5 States

    Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said a total of 690 Assembly constituencies in Goa, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab will go to polls this time.

  • Here are the Terms of Expiry in 5 Poll-bound States

    In his press briefing, CEC Chandra said that terms of assemblies in five poll-bound states will end as follows

    Goa: March 15, 2022

    Manipur: March 19, 2022

    Uttarakhand: March 23, 2022

    Punjab: March 23, 2022

    Uttar Pradesh: May 14, 2022

  • Election Commission announces dates of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab & Manipur 

  • ALERT | Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra begins his press briefing at Vigyan Bhawan. The CEC said that COVID has made conducting elections a challenge and the objective of the poll body is to ensure safe and comfortable elections. As COVID cases soared in view of Omicron variant, ECI held meetings with Union Health Secretary & Home Secretary, experts, & health secretaries of States. After taking these views & ground situation, ECI decided to announce polls with safety norms in place

  • Delhi | Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with ECI officials arrives at Vigyan Bhawan, to announce poll schedule for five States including Uttar Pradesh

  • ALERT | CEC and other election commissioners reach Vigyan Bhawan; annoucement on polls for 5 states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur shortly.

  • EC to announce COVID-19 guidelines for polls 

    Similar to when assembly elections were conducted in 2020 and 2021, the Election Commission shall announce a set of COVID-19 guidelines to comply with during the polling exercise across the 5 states in February-March 2022.  
     
Election Commission media briefing on Assembly Elections 2022 schedule Highlights: 
Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be held between February 10 and March 7 in seven phases with counting of votes on March 10, the Election Commission announced on Saturday, and banned physical rallies and roadshows till January 15 due to Covid concerns.
The elections have huge political significance with BJP ruling four of these five states, while it is making a big push to capture Congress-ruled Punjab, where the Aam Aadmi Party is also emerging as an important player.
Announcing the election schedule with a strong focus on digital and virtual modes of campaigning, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said the ban on rallies, roadshows, nukkad sabhas, padayatras and vehicle rallies will be reviewed on January 15.
Asked about experts predicting the third wave of the Covid pandemic to peak in February, when voting for five of the seven phases of the polls will take place, he said the situation is very dynamic and nobody can predict Covid numbers of future date.
He also assured voters that all necessary steps are being taken to ensure "Covid safe" elections and said they should come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise as polling booths will be sanitised and polling officers vaccinated.
In all, elections will be held for 690 assembly seats, and 18.3 crore people, including 8.5 crore women, will be eligible to cast their votes in the five states.
Voting for the high-stakes Uttar Pradesh assembly elections will be held in seven phases, starting from the western part of the politically crucial state on February 10 and moving eastwards. Punjab (117 seats), Uttarakhand (70 seats) and Goa (40 seats) will have single-day voting on February 14, coinciding with the second phase of polls in UP, according to the schedule announced by the Election Commission. For Manipur, the poll panel has decided to conduct voting in two phases - 38 seats on February 27 and 22 seats on March 3 - coinciding with fifth and sixth phases of UP polls. The final phase of voting will be on March 7 and votes for all phases would be counted on March 10.
In Uttar Pradesh, voting will take place in 58 assembly constituencies, covering 11 western districts, out of the 403 seats in the first phase on February 10.
The second phase to be held on February 14 will cover 55 seats, the third phase of voting will cover 59 seats on February 20, while the fourth phase polling will be for 60 constituencies on February 23.
The fifth phase on February 27 will also cover 60 seats, while 57 constituencies will go to vote in the sixth phase on March 3 and the remaining 54 seats in the last and seventh phase on March 7.
For the first phase of seven-phased elections for five states, the notification will be issued on January 14, nominations can be filed till January 21 for scrutiny till January 24, while nominations can be withdrawn till January 27. The polling will take place on February 10.
For the second phase, the notification will be issued on January 21, nominations can be filed till January 28 for scrutiny till January 29, while nominations can be withdrawn till January 31 for polling on February 14.
For the third phase, the notification will be issued on January 25, nominations can be filed till February 1 for scrutiny till February 2, while nominations can be withdrawn till February 4 for polling on February 20.
The fourth phase schedule will have the notification issuance on January 27, nominations can be filed till February 3 for scrutiny till February 4, while nominations can be withdrawn till February 7 for polling on February 23.
For the fifth phase, the notification will be issued on February 1, nominations can be filed till February 8 for scrutiny till February 9, while nominations can be withdrawn till February 11 for polling on February 27.
The notification for the sixth phase will be issued on February 4, the last date of nominations on February 11, scrutiny will be till February 14 and the last date of withdrawal till February 16. The voting will take place on March 3.
In the last phase, the notification will be issued on February 10, nominations can be filed till February 17 for scrutiny till February 18, while nominations can be withdrawn till February 21. The polling date has been fixed for the seventh phase on March 7.