The high-stakes assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases between 11 February and 8 March, while Punjab and Goa will go to polls together on 4 February, Uttarakhand on 15 February and Manipur in two phases on 4 and 8 March, with counting to be held on 11 March.
At least 16 crore voters will exercise their democratic rights across 690 constituencies starting February. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said that the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately. "There will be strict expenditure monitor mechanism to curb black money. The limit for expenses for candidates is Rs 28 lakh for Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Rs 20 lakh for Manipur and Goa. Expenses above Rs 20,000 have to be out of bank accounts to be set up and it has to be through cheques," Zaidi added.
While Goa and Punjab will witness single phase elections on 4 February, Uttarakhand will go to polls on 15 February. Manipur, which is facing an economic blockade, will have a two-phase poll — 4 and 8 March. Uttar Pradesh will go through a seven-phase election, starting from February 11 until 8 March. The counting for all five states to take place on 11 March. Read the detailed report on Election Commission's press conference here.
Here is the full text of the Model Code of Conduct
Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 14:27 PM