New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the dates of Assembly elections for 5 states, such as Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa. The polls will be held between February 4 and March 8, 2017.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi made the announcements today a day after the poll panel held a meeting with the Chief electoral officers of the 5 concerned states.
With this announcement the poll dates, the Model code of conduct comes into force with immediate effect.
Of the total states going to polls, UP is ruled by faction-ridden Samajwadi Party, Punjab by BJP-SAD and Goa has BJP government while both Uttrakhand and Manipur have Congress governments.
Zaidi said polling will be held in the total of 690 Assembly constituencies.
According to the EC, elections in Goa and Punjab will be held on February 4, in Uttarakhand on February 15-all in a single phase, while Manipur will go to polls in two phases on March 4 and March 8.
However, Uttar Pradesh, the state with the highest number of assembly seats will witness a seven-phase election to be held between February 11 and March 8.
Zaidi said nearly 16 crore voters will be participating in the 2017 Assembly elections and 1.85 lakh polling stations will be set up to enable them to exercise their franchise.
The limit for expenses for candidates is Rs 28 lakh for UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Rs 20 lakh for Manipur and Goa, the CEC said.
He said that in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur voters’ lists will be published on January 12, Uttarakhand on January 10, and in Goa and Punjab on January 5.