On Saturday, the Election Commission announced the dates for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur. In these five states, elections will be held for 690 seats. A total of 18.34 crore people will vote. Elections will take place in seven stages. In Punjab, Goa, and Uttarakhand, elections will be held in a single phase.
The election for 70 assembly seats in Uttarakhand will take place on February 14. On March 10, all five states will have their ballots counted.
The notification will be released on January 21, 2022.
The deadline to submit a nomination is January 28, 2022.
The deadline for submitting nomination papers is January 29, 2022.
The deadline to withdraw a nomination is January 31, 2022.
The deadline for voting is February 14, 2022.
The counting of votes will take place on March 10, 2022.
The Election Commission has stated that all polling locations will be properly cleansed before voting in honor of Covid. Furthermore, all elected officials will be completely immunized. The Election Commission has also questioned the states' optimism rates, keeping in mind the safety of voters during elections. According to the Election Commission, Uttarakhand's weekly optimism rate was 1.01 percent.
The 70-seat Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly's tenure ends on March 23, 2022. However, the political upheaval in the state is becoming more intense. Along with the Congress, the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party, the BSP, and a number of smaller parties will try their luck here. However, because the BJP has had a pattern of changing power every five years for the past two decades, the Uttarakhand election remains the most difficult for the party. In such circumstances, Congress is fervently seeking to reclaim control. At the same time, the BJP is working to dispel the idea of power transition.
In the 2017 assembly elections in Uttarakhand, the BJP gained 57 seats and formed a landslide victory. The opposition Congress, on the other hand, could only secure 11 seats. Then came Trivendra Singh Rawat as Chief Minister, but he was only removed after four years, and the BJP turned over control to Tirath Singh Rawat. However, Pushkar Singh Dhami was appointed Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in place of Tirath Singh Rawat within a few months.
The Dhami government made several significant decisions just hours before the code of conduct. The government has appointed Dr. Geeta Khanna as chairman of the Child Protection Commission, along with six other members. The decision was made with a partial modification in the matter of police officers' grade pay of Rs 4600. Every constable who falls under this category will receive a lump amount of Rs 2 lakh. Bomber changes and promotions have also been made in the education sector at the same period. In many schools, the principal has been made permanent.