Assembly Election 2021 Schedule Highlights: Poll Dates For 5 States Announced; Bengal Votes In 8 Phases

State Assembly election 2021 date: Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

Assembly Election 2021 Schedule Highlights: Poll Dates For 5 States Announced; Bengal Votes In 8 Phases

Election date 2021: Election Commission announced poll dates for 5 states (Representational)

New Delhi:

The Election Commission announced the poll dates for four states and an Union Territory today. The voting begins on March 27 and counting of votes will be held on May 2. The states include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and the Union Territory of Puducherry where elections are due in April-May.

Elections in Bengal will be held in eight phases on March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29.

Elections in Kerala will be held in a single phase on April 6.

Puducherry will vote in a single phase on April 6.

Elections in Tamil Nadu will be held in a single phase on April 6.

Assam will vote in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.

The counting of votes for all states will be held on May 2.

Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

After Bihar, this is the first major set of elections to be held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bengal will see the most high stakes battle with two-time Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee facing a tough challenge from the BJP amid an exodus from her Trinamool Congress to the BJP and corruption investigations against her party leaders.

The BJP is also campaigning aggressively to retain power in Assam, where it won for the first time in 2016, beating the Congress.

Here are the Highlights of the poll dates announcement by the Election Commission:

Feb 26, 2021 21:06 (IST)
Is It On PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah's Suggestion Mamata Banerjee Slams Bengal's Marathon 8-Phased Polls
Shortly after election dates were announced for four states and a Union Territory, a furious Mamata Banerjee alleged that eight-round voting in Bengal was part of a "conspiracy" by the centre's ruling BJP. "Are Bengal poll dates announced per suggestions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah," the Chief Minister questioned.
Feb 26, 2021 18:08 (IST)
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Feb 26, 2021 18:08 (IST)
Feb 26, 2021 18:07 (IST)
Feb 26, 2021 18:05 (IST)
Election Officials Are Frontline Workers, Will Be Vaccinated: Election Commission
Election officials will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, the Election Commission said on Friday as it announced dates for assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry.
Feb 26, 2021 17:44 (IST)
2 more parliamentary seats go to polls during these upcoming elections:

Karnataka (Belgaum)
Andhra Pradesh (Tirupati)
Feb 26, 2021 17:31 (IST)
Counting of votes for all states on May 2
Counting of votes for all states and Puducherry on May 2
Feb 26, 2021 17:26 (IST)
Election dates for Assembly polls in West Bengal
Eight-phased elections in Bengal

Phase 1
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 2
Last Date of Nominations: March 9
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 10 March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 12 March

Date of Poll: 27 March
Date of Counting: May 2

Phase 2
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 5
Last Date of Nominations: 12 March
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 15 March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 17 March

Date of Poll: 1st April
Date of Counting: May 2

Phase 3
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: 12th March
Last Date of Nominations: 19 March
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 20 March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 22 March

Date of Poll: 6 April
Date of Counting: May 2

Phase 4
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 16
Last Date of Nominations: March 23
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: March 24
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: March 26

Date of Poll: 10 April
Date of Counting: 2nd May

Phase 5
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 23
Last Date of Nominations: March 30
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: March 31
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: April 3

Date of Poll: 17 April
Date of Counting: May 2

Phase 6
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 26
Last Date of Nominations: April 3
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: April 5
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: April 7

Date of Poll: April 22
Date of Counting: May 2

Phase 7
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 31
Last Date of Nominations: April 7
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: April 8
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: April 12

Date of Poll: April 26
Date of Counting: May 2

Phase 8
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 31
Last Date of Nominations: April 7
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: April 8
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: April 12

Date of Poll: April 29
Date of Counting: May 2
Feb 26, 2021 17:23 (IST)
Election dates for Assembly polls in Puducherry
Single phased elections in Puducherry

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: 12th March
Last Date of Nominations: 19th March
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 20th March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 22nd March

Date of Poll: 6th April
Date of Counting: 2nd May
Feb 26, 2021 17:22 (IST)
Election dates for Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu votes in a single phase

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: 12th March
Last Date of Nominations: 19th March
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 20th March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 22nd March

Date of Poll: 6th April
Date of Counting: 2nd May

Feb 26, 2021 17:19 (IST)
Election dates for Assembly polls in Kerala
Single phase elections in Kerala

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 12
Last Date of Nominations: 20th March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 22nd March

Date of polls: April 6
 
By elections to Malappuram on same day.

Date of Counting: 2nd May
Feb 26, 2021 17:16 (IST)
Election dates for Assembly polls in Assam
Elections in Assam will be held in three phases.

First phase:
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 2
Last Date of Nominations: March 9
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 10th March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 12th March

Date of polls: 27 March

Second phase
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: 5th March
Last Date of Nominations: 12th March
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 17th March

Date of polls: April 1

Third phase
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: 12th March
Last Date of Nominations: 19th March
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 20th March
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 22nd March

Date of polls: April 6

Date of counting of votes: May 2
Feb 26, 2021 16:58 (IST)
For optimum use of forces, Election Commission issues notice
Feb 26, 2021 16:42 (IST)
Pointers from the Election Commission presser
  • 2021 ushered in COVID. Amid challenges of COVID we shall find immense hope in postive stories. This period will be remembered ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We pay tribute to COVID warriors doctors staff and those on poll duty.
  • Last year entire word confronted with COVID. Counties across the world tried to balance the democratic rights and some took courageous decision to go with polls.
  • ECI started trial with poll for 18 RS seats during COVID. This was in June.
  • 7.3 crore voters in Bihar and it was watershed for ECI. It was litmus test. Bihar electorate imposed faith on us. CEO of Bihar and DEC put in day in and out work. 57.34% polls in Bihar exceeded previous polls. Women voters 59.79% turned up in large numbers.
  • Discussed with home ministry for security forces and railways for coaches for transport.
  • I must compliment voters despite several odds.
  • 824 seats to go for polls. 18.68 crore voters, 2.7 lakh polling stations in these states.
  • Polling time has been increased by 1 hour due to COVID-19 restriction.
  • During filing of nominations, only 2 people will be allowed to accompany the candidate.
  • Vaccine programme may boost the poll process. Poll officials are front line workers and they will be vaccinated. Separate SOP for COVID suspects already in place.
  • Door to door campaign restricted to 5 people.
  • All critical polling booths identified and adequate forces will be deployed. Forces had already been sent.
  • Model code of conduct comes into effect from now - with the announcement of the election dates.
  • Election Commission to study new social media guidelines issued by the government and to use it for polls. Within one week, the poll body will issue guidelines on social media.
Feb 26, 2021 16:34 (IST)
Election Commission presser begins
Election Commission to announce poll dates for four states and a union territory

Feb 26, 2021 16:33 (IST)
Assembly Polls: West Bengal, Tamil Nadu Announce Last Minute Welfare Schemes
At least two of the five poll-bound states today rushed to announce populist schemes hours ahead of the election dates being announced. Tamil Nadu and West Bengal introduced various policy changes seemingly aimed at electoral prospects. The model code of conduct, which comes into effect immediately after the Election Commission declares the poll dates, prohibits governments from making fresh welfare announcements so as to minimise any undue advantage accruing to ruling parties.
Feb 26, 2021 16:21 (IST)
The Congress, stunned by its Puducherry loss, seeks to repeat its 2019 national election success, when it won 19 of 20 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP has so far been a minor player but its recruitment drive this time shows the party is prepping to challenge the ruling Left-led coalition in a big way. The party has roped in "Metro Man" E Sreedharan and other high profile faces in the coastal state. Close to 100 Left workers joined the BJP yesterday.
Feb 26, 2021 16:16 (IST)
In Kerala, it's an intense battle for the ruling Left-Led front and the Congress-led opposition coalition. The voters have alternated between the two in past state elections. The CPM hopes to continue its gains in the only state it rules after a victory in the recent local body elections.
Feb 26, 2021 15:53 (IST)
In the last round of polls in these states in 2016, the Congress could win only Puducherry but the party this week lost power in the Union Territory adjoining Tamil Nadu after multiple resignations - a trend seen in other states like Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka where Congress governments crashed because of defections.
Feb 26, 2021 15:52 (IST)
Election Commission To Announce Poll Dates For Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam And Puducherry At 4:30 PM
Election Commission will announce poll dates for Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry later today.