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Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: Voting In 5 States From Feb 10, Counting On March 10

Assembly Election Dates 2022: Elections in all five states will be held amid a massive surge in Covid cases across the country fuelled in part by the Omicron variant.

Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: Voting In 5 States From Feb 10, Counting On March 10

Elections 2022 Schedule: India reported over 1.41 lakh new Covid cases in the last 24 hours

New Delhi:

Dates for Assembly elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand - were announced Saturday afternoon. The five states will vote over seven phases starting February 10, with counting of votes scheduled for March 10.

Uttar Pradesh will vote in each of the seven phases - on February 10, February 14, February 20, February 23, February 27, March 3, and March 7.

Punjab, Goa, and Uttarakhand will vote on February 14.

Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 March 3.

A total of 690 Assembly constituencies will vote over the next two months, with the maximum in UP (403 seats) followed by Punjab (117), Uttarakhand (70), Manipur (60) and Goa (40).

The holding of timely election is the "essence of maintaining democratic governance," the Election Commission said today, clarifying its decision to go ahead with elections in five states amid a sweeping third wave of Covid driven by the Omicron variant.

The Commission said it had decided to go ahead with the polls after detailed discussions with the Union Health Secretary and Home Secretary, experts, and health secretaries of the concerned states.

To ensure safety, the Commission barred physical rallies and meetings till January 15, saying a review will be taken after that since the "ground situation is dynamic".

Elections in all five states will be held amid a massive surge in Covid cases across the country fuelled in part by the Omicron variant - this morning the Union Health Ministry reported over 1.41 lakh new infections in the previous 24 hours, an increase of 21 per cent from the day before.

Concern over the virus spreading further increased after political parties held mega rallies in poll-bound states. These rallies are attended by thousands (many without face masks) and social distancing is entirely absent for such events, which are understandably difficult to control.

On Friday top officials from the Election Commission and the Health Ministry met in Delhi to discuss polling and the Covid situation, news agency PTI reported. Among the measures discussed was double vaccination of all poll workers and voters.

Officials also met last week to discuss other measures, including extending voting times by an hour and setting up extra polling booths in UP - India's most populous state - to ensure social distancing.

Here are the Highlights on Election 2022 Date:

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Jan 08, 2022 23:11 (IST)
Congress cancels election rallies amid spike in COVID-19 cases
Congress leader and Uttar Pradesh party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday said that Congress has cancelled its election rallies due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Taking a dig at the BJP, Priyanka Gandhi said that development in a state cannot happen by inaugurating airports before elections. "Unemployed youth, farmers, women, poor are all troubled. Development did not reach up to them."

"In terms of health, Uttar Pradesh is at the very bottom. The situation is worse in terms of women's health. If we come to power, we will fill all the vacant posts of doctors in the state. Free treatment of up to Rs one lakh will be given to each family. Each health centre will have separate doctors for women", she added.

While speaking about women empowerment, Ms Gandhi said, "I say time and again that if you want to empower women then this one gas cylinder practice should stop. How they will get employment, education, health, security that is important."

"40 per cent reservation for women is not true participation. It should be 50 per cent", she added. She said that taking inspiration from the female victims who are fighting against atrocities, this slogan has emerged that 'I am a girl, I can fight'. She spoke on uniting women force.
Jan 08, 2022 22:20 (IST)
Don't Indulge In Hate Speeches: Election Commission To Political Parties
The Election Commission on Saturday cautioned political parties over hate speeches and said it is closely monitoring social media posts to ensure clean assembly polls in five states.

Political parties and their candidates must ensure that their supporters do not indulge in hate speeches and fake news, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said during a press conference to announce the election schedule for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

"Strict watch on social media posts is being kept to ensure that election atmosphere is not vitiated," he said.
Jan 08, 2022 20:56 (IST)
Manipur assembly poll in 38 seats in first phase, in 22 seats in second phase
Manipur chief electoral officer Rajesh Agarwal Saturday said polling for the 12th Manipur Assembly will be held in 38 constituencies in the first phase on February 27 and in 22 seats in the second phase on March 3 and asked the stakeholders to abide by the model code of conduct till the end of the election process.

The model code of conduct came into force in Manipur immediately after the Election Commission declared the poll dates on Saturday.

Counting of votes for the 60-member House is scheduled on March 10 and the election process will be completed before March 12, Mr Agarwal said.

The maximum number of star campaigners for recognised parties has been restricted to 30 instead of 40 while for unrecognized parties, it has been restricted to 15 from 20 in view of the COVID situation, he said.
Jan 08, 2022 19:19 (IST)
Punjab Election 2022: Amarinder Singh Urges People To Participate In "Carnival Of Democracy"
Soon after the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the dates of the upcoming assembly polls, former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that the polls will decide the future of Punjab and urged people to participate "in the carnival of democracy" with full spirit while observing all COVID related protocols.

"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," he said in a tweet.

Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress had announced an alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Sanyukt.

Jan 08, 2022 18:20 (IST)
UP Polls From Feb 10; BJP, Akhilesh Yadav Declare March 10 Victory
Elections for the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, the Election Commission said today, announcing the polling dates in five states. The majority of phases will be in February, when the third wave of Covid is expected to peak.

The polling dates will be February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, March 3 and 7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10, the Election Commission said.

To ensure safety, the Election Commission has banned all physical rallies and meetings till January 15, saying the decision will be reviewed after that in view of the "dynamic" ground situation.

Jan 08, 2022 17:05 (IST)
Parties To Explain Why Candidates With Criminal Past Selected: Election Commission
Political parties will have to compulsorily explain the reasons behind the selection of candidates with a criminal past, said the Election Commission today, adding that "winnability" as reason alone will not suffice.

The poll body made it clear that the parties will have to publish information about the candidates.

"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," said Sushil Chandra, the Chief Election Commissioner.

Jan 08, 2022 17:00 (IST)
Goa Votes On Feb 14 In Single Phase, Multicornered Contest For 40 Seats
Goa will vote to elect its new government on February 14, the Election Commission announced today, adding that the coastal state will vote in a single phase. The results will be out on March 10. The Pramod Sawant-led BJP is trying to retain power amid a multi-cornered contest across 40 seats.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is one of the new entrants in the state - it has allied with former BJP ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), attempting to expand its footprint.

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party is another party trying its fortune in the state election. Former BJP ministers Mahadev Naik, Alina Saldanha and lawyer-turned-politician Amit Palekar were in the party's first list of candidates.

Congress, which was the first party to put out its first candidates' list, has tied up with the Goa Forward Party. However, it has been facing desertions in the state.

Jan 08, 2022 16:51 (IST)
Seven Phase Election In UP Starting February 10, Says Election Commission
Elections for the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, the Election Commission said today. The elections will be held till March 7.

The counting of votes will take place on March 10, the Election Commission said

Jan 08, 2022 16:39 (IST)
Assembly Election 2022: Election Commission On Expenditure

Video conferencing, Digital media -- we have increased the expenditure limit. candidates and parties should make maximum use of the digital platform.

Jan 08, 2022 16:38 (IST)
Election Commission On UP Polls

No parties have demanded for EAST to WEST polling

Jan 08, 2022 16:38 (IST)
Assembly Election 2022
Advisory issued --- to all parties and others

Any violation of laws, poll conduct, FIRs to be lodged and dealt with.

Poll officers to arrange for voters who are at difficult terrains. Make booths are areas that are easily reachable by voters

Polling Officials to be doubly vaccinated. booths will be sanitised. Voters should come prepared with all covid measures. maintain social distancing

Any violation of covid norms --- Action to be taken against anyone and everyone who do not abide by them.

Jan 08, 2022 16:35 (IST)
Assembly Election: Punjab To Vote On February 14, Counting On March 10
Punjab will vote in a single phase on February 14 in the assembly elections. Votes will be counted on March 10. The Election Commission today announced the schedule for polls in five states, including Goa, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The election will start from UP on February 10. Voting will be held in UP in all the seven phases.

Jan 08, 2022 16:34 (IST)
Voting For Manipur Assembly Polls On February 27, March 3; Counting On March 10
The voting for the 60 seats of the Manipur assembly will be conducted in two phases on February 27 and March 3, the Election Commission Of India (ECI) announced on Saturday. The counting of the votes will be held on March 10.

The tenure of Manipur Legislative Assembly is scheduled to end on 19 March this year.

Jan 08, 2022 16:34 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: UP Election Polling Dates
1st phase- 10th Feb
2nd phase- 14th Feb
3rd phase- 20th Feb
4th phase- 23rd Feb  
5th phase- 27th feb
6th phase- 3rd March
7th phase- 7th March

Results 10th march
Jan 08, 2022 16:23 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: Seven phases of polling, result date

Polling to start in Uttar Pradesh from February 10

Second phase of polling in UP and single-day polling for Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa on February 14

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: Election Commission of India

Jan 08, 2022 16:21 (IST)
Uttarakhand Votes On February 14, Counting Of Votes On March 10
Uttarakhand - where the BJP changed its Chief Ministers in quick succession last year to offset any electoral loss - votes on February 14 to elect a new Chief Minister for the 70-member state assembly. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

Other states going to polls are Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, the Election Commission announced today.

In Uttarakhand, no party has managed to win back-to-back polls.

Jan 08, 2022 16:12 (IST)
Election Commission On Media
Media communicates our message to public and motivates them to vote

Social media is also important

Commission is engaged in SM since 2019

Candidates to ensure -- No hate speeches

Any one indulging into this to face harsh consequences

Jan 08, 2022 16:11 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: Commision will not hesitate in cancelling rallies if Covid protocols violated
Commision will not hesitate in cancelling rallies if Covid protocols violated
Jan 08, 2022 16:07 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: No road show/pad-yattra/rally to be held till 15th Jan
No road show/pad-yattra/rally to be held till 15th Jan

No Nukkad sabhas on public roads

No Victory procession after the counting

Only two people will be allowed

Parties to give masks and sanitisers for political meets

Door to door Campaign -- only 5 people

Jan 08, 2022 16:06 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: Polling time increased by an HOUR in all states
Polling time increased by an HOUR in all states

All voters, candidates, parties, to be conscious towards public health --- COVID protocols

candidates to conduct campaign through virtual mode, as much as possible

detailed guidelines will be issued --

Jan 08, 2022 16:02 (IST)
Vaccination Figures In 5 States
Assembly Elections 2022: 15 crore in these 5 states have first dose
Jan 08, 2022 16:01 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: All officials on duty to be doubly vaccinated
All officials on duty -- To be treated as frontline workers, precautionary and booster doses is a must for them

Full sanitation at all polling booths

Jan 08, 2022 16:01 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: Holding timely election essence of maintaining democratic governance
Jan 08, 2022 16:00 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: How to Increase Voter participation

  1. Inform about Voter safety
  2. Inform about voter security
  3. First time voters -- given letter and informe them about the process
Jan 08, 2022 16:00 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: C-Vigil App -- to be used by all. Can be downloaded. Its helpful for candidates, parties and track freebies or violation of MCC ----

Any violation to be strictly dealt with.

Jan 08, 2022 15:59 (IST)
Election 2022:  EVMs to have VVPAT, says Election Commission

EVM's VVPATS to be utilised

Jan 08, 2022 15:58 (IST)
Election 2022: All enforcement agencies have been met, directions given ---- any freebies, alcohol, money -- nothing to be distributed across stations
Jan 08, 2022 15:56 (IST)
Assembly Elections 2022: Arrangement of webcasting should be done at critical booths, says CEC Chandra.
Jan 08, 2022 15:48 (IST)
Number of voters per booth reduced to 1250 to earlier 1500, says CEC Chandra. Total number of poll booths goes over by 16 per cent.

One polling station manged by women --- exclusively set at each polling station

Jan 08, 2022 15:43 (IST)
If needed, anyone, one women participation - Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra

18.34 crore voters in all the five states

8.55 crore are women

Emphasis on women's participation in the electoral process

1 polling both in each tribal assembly constituency to be staffed only with women officials

Jan 08, 2022 15:42 (IST)
3 Key Points Considered By Election Commission

  1. Covid safe election
  2. Hassle free
  3. Maximum voter participation

Commission visited poll-bound states and discussed with political parties to take stock of the poll preparedness. "We also met health secretary, union home secretary," says Mr Chandra.

Jan 08, 2022 15:41 (IST)
Total 690 assembly constituencies to go to polls, says CEC Sushil Chandra

Jan 08, 2022 14:36 (IST)
Assembly Election 2022 Live Updates: Uttarakhand will witness a three-pronged contest with the ruling BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party vying for power in the 70-seat assembly. UK Elections 2022 are due for early next year.
Jan 08, 2022 13:49 (IST)
Assembly Election 2022 Live Updates: In Goa Assembly Elections 2017, the Congress had emerged as the single-largest party winning 17 seats in the 40-member House, but could not come to power. The BJP, which won 13 seats, formed the government by allying with some independents and regional parties. Along with BJP and Congress, the Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are also hoping to make a mark at Goa elections 2022.
Jan 08, 2022 13:09 (IST)
Assembly Election 2022 Live Updates: UP Elections 2022 are perhaps the most keenly contested and politically significant election as it also has the most number of Lok Sabha seats that play a crucial role in general elections. All political parties have already started their big election push in Uttar Pradesh with star campaigners drawing huge crowds at various rallies.