New Delhi: Election Commission announced schedule for assembly elections to 5 states on Saturday afternoon. There are total 690 seats of assembly elections in five states. EC has total electors above 18 crore in 5 states. 24.9 lakh first time electors.
As Covid cases soared in view of Omicron variant, ECI held meetings with Union Health Secretary & Home Secretary, experts, & health secretaries of States. After taking these views & ground situation, ECI has decided to announce polls with safety norms in place says CEC Sushil Chandra
CEC has stated that their priority is covid safe polls. “We aim to conduct Covid-safe elections in five states with maximum voter participation with extensive preparations,” the Election Commission has said.
For up coming elections the candidates can file online nomination foreseeing the covid surge in country. Election expenditure limits for candidates increased in view of digital modes of campaign: EC
24.9 lakh first-time electors are registered in the 5 states including Uttar Pradesh.
Elections to be held for 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, 117 in Punjab, 70 in Uttarakhand 60 in Manipur and 40 in Goa. More than 18 crore voters, including over 8.5 crore women, will be eligible to vote in 5 state assembly polls says CEC Sushil Chandra.
CEC also added and assured the voters that there is no need to panic, but quiet a need to be cautious for the upcoming elections.
Ec has also warned that strict actions against polling officers who violate Covid guidelines.
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