Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Change in the Election Schedule

First phase of UP Assembly Election, 2012

             The Commission had announced the election schedule to the Legislative Assembly of the States of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh andUttarakhand vide its Press Note No. ECI/PN/69/2011 dated 24th Dec, 2011, providing inter alia, 10th January, 2012 as the date of notification for 60 ACs (1st phase of UP) with date of poll on 4th February, 2012.
During the Commission’s meetings with representatives of the political parties and review meeting with Divisional Commissioners, DMs-cum-DEOs, IGs/DIGs/SPs on 6th & 7th January, 2012 at Lucknow, it was pointed out that though the date of “Barawafat” festival in UP is, presently notified as 5th February, 2012 by the State Govt, the date of festival can fall on 4th February, 2012.
Further, the law and order enforcing agencies provided to the Commission fresh inputs with respect to maintenance of Law & Order, availability and movement of security forces, logistics and other issues in various phases of conduct of elections.
Based on updated assessment of ground situation by election machinery of the State and keeping in view also the overall poll schedule in five States, the Commission has now decided the following Election Schedule for the aforementioned 60 ACs of Uttar Pradesh –
1.  Issue of Notification
06.02.2012 (Monday)
2.  Last date of making Nominations
13.02.2012 (Monday)
3. Scrutiny of Nominations
14.02.2012 (Tuesday)
4.Last date for withdrawal of Candidatures
16.02.2012 (Thursday)
5. Date of Poll
03.03.2012 (Saturday)
6. Counting of Votes
06.03.2012 (Tuesday)
7.  Date  before  which  election  shall  be completed
09.03.2012 (Friday)
          List of 60 ACs is annexed.
The Election schedule for other phases of UP Assembly Election shall remain the same, except the date of counting, which shall now be 6thMarch, 2012.
 The Commission has further decided that the counting of votes in all the five States namely Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh shall also be done now on 6th March, 2012 instead of 4th March, 2012.

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