March 22, 2023

assembly: Assembly election in 5 states: What’s new | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday announced the assembly poll schedule for Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.
Addressing a press briefing, the poll panel said they aim to conduct Covid-safe elections in five states with maximum voter participation with extensive preparations.
Elections will be held for 403 assembly seats in UP, 117 in Punjab, 70 in Uttarakhand 60 in Manipur and 40 in Goa.
Here are some of the new changes made for the upcoming assembly elections in five states:
– A total of 18.34 crore electors including service voters will take part in this election out of which 8.55 crore are women electors.
– 24.9 lakh first-time electors are registered in the 5 states including Uttar Pradesh.’
ECI has mandated that at least one polling station managed exclusively by women shall be set up in every Assembly constituency. Our officers have identified much more than that. There’re 690 Assembly seats but we are setting up 1620 such polling booths.
– Senior citizens above 80 years of age, persons with disabilities and Covid-19 patients can vote by postal ballot.
– 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.
– cVIGIL application should be used by voters to report any incident of violation of the Model Code of Conduct, distribution of money and freebies. Within 100 minutes of complaint, ECI officials will reach the place of offence.
– No roadshows, padyatras, cycle or bike rallies and processions shall be allowed till January 15; situation to be reviewed and fresh instructions to be issued later.
-Political parties and candidates advised to conduct their election campaign in digital or virtual modes as much as possible.

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