The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced the dates for assembly elections in five states. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra informed that polling will be held in one phase in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa, two in Manipur, and seven in Uttar Pradesh. The voting of the elections will begin in Uttar Pradesh from February 10. Vote Counting will be done in all the states together on March 10. A strict protocol will be followed during elections. Victory procession will not be allowed after the winning of candidates.
The Chief Election Commissioner told that Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Goa will go to the polls in one phase on February 14, while Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3. Counting of votes will take place in all five states on March 10.
Starting from UP on February 10
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will begin with the first phase of polling on February 10. In the second phase, the voting for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 14. On the same day, polling will be completed in one phase in Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Goa. In Uttar Pradesh, the third phase of polling will be held on February 20 and the fourth phase on February 23. Voting will be held in Uttar Pradesh under the fifth phase on February 27. Manipur’s first phase of polling will be held on the same day. On March 3, the sixth phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh and the second phase of Manipur will be completed. The 7th and final phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh will be held on March 7.
Social media posts will also be monitored
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said that notification will be issued in UP on January 10 while January 21 is the last date for nomination. The Election Commissioner also said that this time social media posts will also be closely monitored.
Victory procession also not allowed
The Chief Election Commissioner of India said that only a maximum of five people will be able to participate in the door-to-door campaign. During the election campaign, Corona guidelines will be followed. For the people involved in this, only political parties will arrange for masks and sanitizers to protect them from the corona.
Guidelines for Political Parties
CEC Sushil Chandra said that all election programs of political parties will be video-graphed. All political parties will have to compulsorily declare the criminal record of their candidates. In UP, Punjab, and Uttarakhand, each candidate will be able to spend only Rs 40 lakh.
Help of digital technology for transparent elections
The Chief Election Commissioner said that a small voter guide will be provided to the voters. Digital technology has been adopted for free, fair, and transparent elections. This time any kind of violation of the election code of conduct can be informed on the C-Vigil app.