The Election Commission today announced the poll dates for elections to five state assemblies – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand. A meeting as held on Tuesday with Chief Electoral officers of the five poll-bound states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa to fine tune the arrangements.

In Press Conference Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zai today announced a list of dates including the last date of filing nominations, when each state will vote, phases,if any and th day of the counting.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that the state of Manipur will have a two-phase election and Uttar Pradesh will have a seven-phase election. Counting for all states will be held on 11 March.

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Announcements made by the Election Commission on assembly election dates and phases:

GOA-Single Phase
Date of Notification – January 11, 2017
Number of Constituencies – 40
Last date of nominations – January 18, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 19, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 21, 2017.
Elections will be held on February 04, 2017.

PUNJAB -Single Phase
Date of Notification – January 11, 2017
Number of Constituencies – 117
Last date of nominations – January 18, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 19, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 21, 2017.
Elections will be held on February 04, 2017

UTTARAKHAND- Single Phase
Date of Notification – January 20, 2017
Last date of nominations – January 27, 2017
Scrutiny of nominations – January 28, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominations – January 30, 2017.
Elections will be held on February 15, 2017.

MANIPUR- Two Phase
Phase 1
Date of Notification: 8 February
Last date of nomination: 15 February
Scrutiny of nomination: 16 February
Withdrawal of candidature: 18 February
Voting: 4 March

Phase 2
Date of Notification: 11 February
Last date of nomination: 18 February
Scrutiny of nomination: 20 February
Withdrawal of candidature: 22 February
Voting: 8 March

Uttar Pradesh- Seven Phase
Phase 1:
Date of Notification: 17 January
Last date of nomination: January 24
Scrutiny of nomination: 25 January
Withdrawal of candidature: 27 January
Voting: 11 February

Phase 2:
Date of Notification: 20 January
Last date of nomination: 27 January
Scrutiny of nomination: 28 January
Withdrawal of candidature: 30 January
Voting: 15 February

Phase 3:
Date of Notification: 24 January
Last date of nomination: 31 January
Scrutiny of nomination: 2 February
Withdrawal of candidature: 4 February
Voting: 19 February

Phase 4:
Date of Notification: 30 January
Last date of nomination: 6 February
Scrutiny of nomination: 7 February
Withdrawal of candidature: 9 February
Voting: 23 February

Phase 5:
Date of Notification: 2 February
Last date of nomination: 9 February
Scrutiny of nomination: 11 February
Withdrawal of candidature: 13 February
Voting: 27 February

Phase 6:
Date of Notification: February 8
Last date of nomination: 15 February
Scrutiny of nomination: 16 February
Withdrawal of candidature: 18 February
Voting: 4 March

Phase 7:
Date of Notification: February 11
Last date of nomination: 18 February
Scrutiny of nomination: 20 February
Withdrawal of candidature: 22 February
Voting: 8 March

*  Total number of constituencies: 619/690 – 133 reserved for Scheduled Castes, 23 for Scheduled              Tribes.

*  1.85 Lakh polling stations will be covered. This has increased by 15 per cent.
There are over 16 crore voters in the 5 states.
* For secrecy, height of the voting compartment has been raised to 30 inches.
Electronic Voter Machines or EVMs will be used in all states.