Elections in seven phases in UP, The results of all states on March 10
Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab Election LIVE News: The counting of votes will be held on March 10th.
2022 Assembly Election LIVE Updates: The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the schedule for assembly elections in Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will vote in a single phase on February 14, while the state of UP will vote in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. On the other hand, Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3. Votes will be counted on March 10, according to the poll body.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said elections will be held for 403 assembly seats in UP, 117 in Punjab, 70 in Uttarakhand, 60 in Manipur, and 40 in Goa.
As a result of the Covid situation, there will not be any roadshows, padyatras, bike rallies and processions until 15th January. A review of the situation will be conducted and fresh instructions will be issued later, CEC said. He also said that the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect immediately from announcement of the schedules.
CEC said political parties must upload on their websites detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases who are chosen as candidates and why they were chosen.
A Covid-safe election will be held in five states with the maximum number of voters, according to extensive preparations. All polling stations will be equipped with Covid-mitigation facilities including sanitisers and masks; Also the number of booths have been increased,” he added.
The Congress has announced it will not hold any rallies in Uttar Pradesh following the latest spike in the Covid-19 cases and called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to refrain from holding large public events in the state.
Meanwhile, all public meetings and gatherings in Goa will now be limited to 50 percent capacity for indoor venues and 100 people for outdoor ones, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced on Friday as the coastal state – which goes to the polls soon – recorded a steep increase in Covid-19 cases.