Assembly Elections in five states
The Election Commission of India recently announced the election dates of five states. They are Punjab, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Uttarakhand.
About the announcement
The Assembly Elections 2022 in these states are to be held in seven phases. In Uttar Pradesh, the elections are to be held in seven phases. In Manipur, it is to be held in two phases. In Goa, Uttarakhand and Punjab, the assembly elections are to be held in single phase.
- UP: February 10
- Goa, Uttarakhad and Punjab: February 14
- Manipur: February 27
The vote counting is to begin on March 10.
Parties in Power
BJP is in power in all the five states except Punjab. The Congress party is in power in Punjab.
The Election Commission has taken enough measures to conduct the election safely. Physical rallies have been banned until January 15, 2022 due to the Omicron wave spreading in the country. Safety measures at the polling booth are to be implemented as prescribed by the ECI. Also, COVID safety measures framed for voters. The frontline workers will receive third dose vaccine. Around 95% of voters in Goa are vaccinated. 82% in Uttarakhand, 45% in Manipur and 52% in UP have been vaccinated. Also the rules and guidelines issued by the respective State Disaster Management Authority would apply.
Elections in India
There are four major types of elections in India. They are Lok Sabha election, Rajya Sabha election, State Election and By Election. There are also elections conducted for state legislative councils, local governance bodies (panchayat and municipal bodies).
- The State Elections are also called Vidhan Sabha Elections.
- The state elections are conducted by the State Election Commission. The SEC operates under the supervision of the Central Election Commission. The concept of SEC was introduced by the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments.
- Article 324 gives powers to the election commission to conduct elections at central and state level.
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