Election Commission Announces Timeline for the Assembly Election in Five States

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The Election Commission on Saturday announced the timeline for Assembly elections in the below mentioned states:

Goa,
Punjab,
Manipur,
Uttarakhand, and
Uttar Pradesh

These are the five states holding Assembly elections this year.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Sushil Chandra, began his speech by announcing that elections will be held in 690 assembly seats.

The commission said it is focused on COVID_19 safe election, hassle-free voting system and maximum voter participation. He stated that they must organise elections in a way that protects voters and parties in the midst of the ongoing COVID surge, and that the commission has three goals: COVID safe elections, maximum voter participation, and hassle-free voting.

Here’s the full schedule announced:

UTTAR PRADESH (403 seats)

Phase 1
Notification: January 14, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: January 24, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: January 27, 2022
Date of Poll: February 10, 2022

Phase 2 Dates
Notification: January 21, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: January 29, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: January 31, 2022
Date of Poll: February 14, 2022

Phase 3
Notification: January 25, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: February 2, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: February 4, 2022
Date of Poll: February 20, 2022

Phase 5
Notification: February 1, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: February 9, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: February 11, 2022
Date of Poll: February 27, 2022

Phase 6
Notification: February 4, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: February 14, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: February 16, 2022
Date of Poll: March 3, 2022

Phase 7
Notification: February 1, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: February 9, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: February 11, 2022
Date of Poll: March 7, 2022

PUNJAB (117 seats)

Phase 1 Dates
Notification: January 21, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: January 29, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: January 31, 2022
Date of Poll: February 14, 2022

UTTARAKHAND (70 seats)

GOA (40 seats)

MANIPUR (60 seats)

Notification: February 1, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: February 9, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: February 11, 2022
Date of Poll: February 27, 2022

Phase 2
Notification: February 4, 2022
Scrutiny of nominations: February 14, 2022
Withdrawal of candidature: February 16, 2022
Date of Poll: March 3, 2022

Date of Counting: March 10, 2022

CEC Sushil Chandra further stated that a total of 18.34 crore electors, including service voters, will vote in this election, with 8.55 crore of them being women. There are 24.9 lakh first-time voters, with 11.4 lakh of them being women.

Meanwhile, in the five states, including Uttar Pradesh, 24.9 lakh first-time voters have registered.

As per the Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, the Commission was concerned about polling station amenities. He stated that all voting stations will include a waiting room, toilets, ramps, and sanitizers, masks, and sanitizers. Postal ballots will be accessible for senior citizens (80 and up), PWDs with disability certificates, and COVID affected.

EVMs and VVPATs, according to Chandra, would be used at all polling stations. The Election Commission has already taken arrangements to guarantee an appropriate number of EVMs and VVPATs for a seamless election process.

The Suvidha and PWD apps are also available to voters. The CEC also mentioned the cVIGIL, urging individuals to use the platform to help eliminate malpractices.

This comes two days after the Election Commission met with the Union Health Secretary and health specialists to discuss the COVID situation, emphasising the importance of vaccinating all eligible persons in five poll-bound states.

Particularly, the poll panel met with Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla to review the peace and order situation in these five states.

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