Assembly polls in three North-East states in February
Assembly elections in Tripura will be held on February 14 and in Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 23 and their results will be out on February 28, the Election Commission announced on Friday in New Delhi.
The EC also announced by-polls to nine Assembly constituencies in Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab on February 23 and in Assam, Bihar and Maharashtra on February 24, but their results will be out together on February 28.
Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said with the announcement of schedule for the two-phase poll in the north-eastern States and by-polls in various States, the model code of conduct will be in operation with immediate effect and EC will keep a strict vigil on any violation of the code.
“The Commission will deploy general observers in adequate number to ensure smooth conduct of elections and appoint adequate number of expenditure observers and assistant expenditure observers to exclusively monitor election expenditure of contesting candidates,” Mr. Sampath said.
The notification for Tripura elections will be issued on January 21 and for Meghalaya and Nagaland on January 30. All the three State Assemblies have 60 seats each. While 10 are reserved for SCs and 20 for STs in Tripura, 55 seats are reserved for STs in Meghalaya and 59 in Nagaland.
According to the poll schedule, the last date for filing of nominations in Tripura is January 28 and after scrutiny the next day, the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is January 31.
For Meghalaya and Nagaland, the last date for filing of nominations is February 6 and after scrutiny the next day, the last date for withdrawal is February 9.
Polling in the three north-eastern States will take place from 7 am to 4 pm, while that for by-polls in other States will be held from 8 am to 5 pm.
The EC will put up 3,018 polling stations in Tripura for 23.52 lakh voters.
In Meghalaya, a total of 2,485 polling stations will be set up for 14,81,473 electors, and another 2,023 in Nagaland, where the total number of electors is 11,81,731.
Announcing the schedule for the by-polls, Mr. Sampath said polling in Chalfilh (ST) Assembly constituency in Mizoram, Bhatpar in Uttar Pradesh and three Assembly seats of Nalhati Birbhum, English Bazar and Rejinagar in West Bengal and Moga seat in Punjab will be held on February 23.
Polling in Algapur Assembly constituency in Assam, Kalyanpur (SC) in Bihar and Chandgad in Maharashtra will be held on February 24.
The notification for all by-polls in other States will be issued on January 30 and the last date for making nominations is February 6 and after scrutiny the next day, the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is February 9. Counting for all by-polls will take place on February 28.
- Asian Tribune -