New Delhi: December 24, 2011
The Election Commission on Saturday, December 24, 2011; announced the dates for the Assembly elections in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Manipur will go poll on January 28, 2011.
Uttar Pradesh will have assembly elections in seven phases from February 4 to 28, while Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab will have single-phase elections, the Election Commission announced on December 24, 2011.
Counting in all the five states will be held on March 4, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told a press conference here.
UP, with 403 constituencies, will witness polling on February 4, 8, 11, 15, 19, 23 and 28, while neighbouring Uttarakhand (70 constituencies) will have polling on January 30.
The polling in 117 constituencies of Punjab will also be held on January 30.
Manipur (60 constituencies) and Goa (40 constituencies) will have polls on January 28 and March 3 respectively.
The Code of Conduct has come into effect in all the election going states with immediate effect.
Complaint redressal mechanism – Call Center and Website based
Every poll going state shall have a complaint redressal mechanism based on website and call center. The number of call center is 1950 which is a toll free number. The URL of the complaint registration website will be announced for each state by the respective Chief Electoral Officer separately. Complaints can be registered by making calls to the toll free call center numbers or on the web site. Action will be taken within time limit on all complaints. Complainants will also be informed of the action taken by SMS and by the call center. Complainants can also see the details of the action taken on their complaints on the website.
The Commission has also decided to appoint adequate number of Expenditure Observers and Assistant Expenditure Observers who will exclusively monitor the election expenditure of the contesting candidates. For greater transparency and for ease of monitoring of Election Expenses, Candidates would be required to open a separate bank account and incur their election expenses from that very account. Comprehensive instructions for the purpose of effective monitoring of the election expenditure of the candidates, including formation of flying squads, video Surveillance Teams in the constituency, involvement of Investigation Directorates of Income Tax Deptt. etc. have been separately issued by the Commission and are available at ECI website < www:eci.nic.in >. The format for filing of affidavits regarding criminal backgrounds. assets, liabilities and educational qualification of the candidates have been modified to include a summary sheet.
To deal with the issue of Paid News, Monitoring Committees have been set up at District, State and Commission level and necessary instructions have been issued to the District Election Officers and the CEOs of the five poll-going States. Representatives of political parties and media organizations of the poll-going States have also been briefed.