Election Commission announces dates of assembly polls of five states

Jan 4, 2017 14:59 IST

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 4 January 2017 announced the dates of assemble polls of five states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Goa.

Uttar Pradesh, the biggest state in the country, will go to polls in seven phases for 403 seats on 11 February, 15 February, 19 February, 23 February, 27 February, 4 March and on 8 March 2017.

Manipur will go to polls for 60 seats in two phases on 4th and 8th March.

There will be single phase elections in Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab.  Goa and Punjab will go to polls on 4 February 2017 while polling in Uttarakhand for 70 seats will be held on 15 February 2017.

Counting of votes for all five states will take place on 11 March 2017.

2017 Assembly Polls dates

As per the estimates of ECI, over 16 crore people will vote in this year's assembly elections.

Here are the dates of assembly polls:

State

Date of Poll

Goa

4 February 2017

Punjab

4 February 2017

Uttarakhand

15 February 2017

Manipur (2 phases)

4 March 2017, 8 March 2017

Uttar Pradesh (7 phases)

11 February 2017, 15 February 2017, 19 February 2017, 23 February 2017

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Announcing the poll dates Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said over 16 crore voters are eligible to vote in the five states. With the Election Commission announcement the Model code of conduct has come into effect.

Directives for the Polls

• The limit for expenses for candidates is Rs 28 lakh for UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Rs 20 lakh for Manipur and Goa respectively.

• Election Commission will focus on paid news and Press Council of India will help the commission in detection of paid news.

• The commission will undertake strict expenditure monitor mechanism to curb black money.

• With the announcement of dates, the Model code of conduct comes into effect hereafter.

In addition to this, the Election commission has also decided to monitor promotion of parties and candidates on television channels owned or partly owned by political parties. Under this action, the commission will take care of the time spent on the publicity.

It will also monitor the digital war rooms of all political parties. Under it, the commission will monitor the social media campaigns of the parties and candidates and calculate the poll spending on social media activities.

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