Punjab & Region

Schedule for Assembly Elections announced

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, January 8

Election Commission announces the schedule for Assembly elections to Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The election announcement will come on a day when the WHO asked nations to do whatever they can to stop the surge of Covid and India saw 1,41,786 new cases.

The elections are crucial for the ruling BJP which will defend its governments in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur to bolster its chances in the run-up to the 2024 general election.

The Congress will be fighting for political relevance having been left in power only in Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh on its own and in Maharashtra in alliance.

The Aam Aadmi Party will be testing its might outside Delhi with candidates in the fray in Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand and Goa. The elections will determine which way the winds are blowing for the BJP which had to repeal the three farm laws under pressure from farmers across the country, especially those from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. It was clear that the BJP government had sensed a growing disaffection which could have harmed its electoral prospects in UP, where its leaders were unable to even enter villages in western UP for campaigning.
  • Polling stations will follow covid protocol. Maximum voters reduced per polling station and so polling stations increased. Total of  2,15,368 polling stations. 16 per cent increase in polling stations.
  • 24.4 lakh new voters in five states:  CEC Sushil Chandra
  • Lot of emphasis on increasing gender participation:  CEC Sushil Chandra.
  • New Covid protocols. Covid-safe elections top priority:  CEC Sushil Chandra.
  • Polling booths to be fully sanitised
  • All election officials and polling staff to be treated as frontline workers, to be double vaxxed, and given “precautionary” doses.
  • Delaying elections would have been undemocratic. Decisions taken after much consideration.
  • Code of Conduct comes into effect as soon as dates are announced
  • Postal ballot services for Covid+ patients
  • Parties need to make public any criminal charges their candidate is facing. This information must be made public and the political candidates need to explain why they chose such candidates
  • Online nomination option available
  • Polling stations will follow covid protocol. Maximum voters reduced per polling station and so polling stations increased. Total of 2,15,368 polling stations. 16 per cent increase in polling stations.
  • 24.4 lakh new voters in five states: CEC Sushil Chandra
  • Lot of emphasis on increasing gender participation: CEC Sushil Chandra.
  • New Covid protocols. Covid-safe elections top priority: CEC Sushil Chandra.