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Assembly Polls In Punjab And Goa On 4 Feb, UK On 15 Feb, Manipur On 4, 8 March, UP From 11 Feb

Swarajya Staff

Jan 04, 2017, 02:03 PM | Updated 02:03 PM IST



An Indian woman has her finger inked by an elections worker (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
An Indian woman has her finger inked by an elections worker (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur will be held between 4 February and 8 March, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced on Wednesday.

The results from all five states will be known on 11 March, Zaidi told a press conference here.

While polling in Goa and Punjab will take place on 4 February, Uttarakhand will vote on 15 February and Manipur in two phases on 4 and 8 March.

Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state, will go to the polls in seven phases: 11, 15, 19, 23 and 27 February and 4 and 8 March

This will be the single biggest electoral exercise since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and will involve a total of 690 constituencies, 403 of them in Uttar Pradesh alone.

Goa has 40 seats, Punjab 117, Manipur 60 and Uttarakhand has 70 seats.

"We are committed to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner," Zaidi said. The Election Commission would also check the "misuse of black money and liquor".

The main players in the five states include the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiromani Akali Dal, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Manipur People's Party.


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