Live updates from the 2022 Assembly election: The Indian Election Commission (ECI) on Saturday announced the timetable for parliamentary elections in Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. While UP will go to the polls in seven phases from February 10 to March 7, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will vote in a single phase on February 14. Manipur, meanwhile, will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3. The counting of the votes will take place on March 10, the electoral body added.
Elections will be held for 403 assembly seats in UP, 117 in Punjab, 70 in Uttarakhand 60 in Manipur and 40 in Goa, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said.
No roadshows, padyatras, cycle or cyclist rallies and processions will be allowed until January 15 due to the Covid situation. The situation will be reviewed and new instructions will be issued later, the CEC said. He also said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) goes into effect as soon as the timetables are announced.
It is mandatory for political parties to upload detailed information on their website regarding those with pending criminal cases selected as ballot candidates and the reasons why that particular candidate was selected, the CEC said.
âWe aim to hold secure elections for Covid in five states with maximum voter turnout with extensive preparations. All polling stations will be equipped with Covid mitigation facilities, including disinfectants and masks; The number of stands has also been increased, âhe added.
Citing the latest increase in Covid-19 cases, Congress said it will not hold any rallies in Uttar Pradesh and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to refrain from organizing major public events in the state.
Meanwhile, all public meetings and gatherings in Goa will now be limited to 50% of the capacity of indoor venues and up to 100 people in outdoor venues, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday as the coastal state – who will go to the elections soon – has recorded a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases.