ECI announces assembly polls in 5 states; Priyanka kick starts with virtual rally

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the dates for assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur, on Saturday. Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur will see their assemblies expire on May 14, March 23, March 15, and March 19, respectively.

The Electoral Commission has prohibited election rallies, roadshows, and corner meetings in the five poll-bound states till January 15 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Sushil Chandra, the Chief Election Commissioner, said the poll administration will assess the COVID-19 situation on January 15 and make a decision on whether or not to allow public demonstrations.

The Commission also established rigorous COVID restrictions, limiting door-to-door campaigning to a maximum of five people.

If authorized, political parties have been urged to give masks and hand sanitizers to rally attendees, according to Chandra. Victory celebrations are likewise prohibited by the Commission, and only two people are permitted to join the candidate when he or she collects the winning certificate.

Priyanka Gandhi kick-starts with Virtual rally

Following the cancellation of rallies and women’s marathons in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the party’s General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has started a virtual campaign. Priyanka spoke out against the “Ladki hun Lad Sakti hun” campaign on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, where she connected with the people by answering queries. In the meanwhile, at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) will announce the dates for the next Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, and Manipur.

Aside from the election timetable, Covid-19 procedures will be released in the wake of an increase in the number of cases across India. In the face of the unabated growth, some political parties have already announced the postponement of political gatherings and are focusing more on internet marketing.

Punjab assembly elections

Punjab’s assembly election will be held in a single phase on February 14, according to the electoral commission, which confirmed the date on Saturday. On March 10, 2022, the votes will be counted. The state legislature has 117 seats. As the country enters the third wave, led by the Omicron version, the elections will be held under strict Covid standards. The dates have been set in accordance with all safety regulations.

In the next assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, and Manipur, 18.34 crore people will exercise their right to vote.

In the next elections, almost 24 lakh individuals would be voting for the first time. To make voting easier, all polling locations in all states will be on the ground level.

Over 2.30 lakh voting booths will be set up across five states to conduct free, fair, and secure elections.

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