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5 Indian states to hold polls from next month
RESMI SIVARAM January 05, 2017
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NEW DELHI: Five states including India’s largest Uttar Pradesh will vote in multi-phased elections between Feb.4 and March 8 for election of new state assemblies.

The Election Commission of India, which announced the poll dates, said on Wednesday that vote counting will take place on March 11.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said UP elections will be stretched out into seven phases. Punjab and Goa will vote in a single phase on Feb.4.

Uttarakhand will vote on Feb.15 and Manipur in two phases on March 4 and 8. A total of 690 assembly constituencies will go to polls in these elections.

Twenty three of these have been reserved from Scheduled Tribes candidates while 133 are Scheduled Caste reserved. The legislative term of Uttar Pradesh ends on May 27.

Goa has 40 assembly seats, Manipur has 60, Punjab has 117, Uttarakhand has 70 while Uttar Pradesh has 403.

Over 160 million voters - that’s the size of the electorate in these assembly elections. There will be 1,85,000 polling stations across five states.

Zaidi said voter facilitation posters will be displayed at every polling booth, including voting procedure, dos and don’ts, etc.

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