UP gets six-phase Lok Sabha election
The Election Commission on Wednesday announced a six-phase poll in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha, with the voting beginning on April 7 and counting scheduled on May 16.
Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said balloting will take place in the sprawling state on April 10, 17, 24 and 30 and May 7 and 12. Uttarakhand goes to polls on May 7, the CEC said.
The chief electoral officer of Uttar Pradesh has said with Wednesday’s election announcement in New Delhi, the model code of conduct had come into effect, IANS adds. It means all announcements, events and other political activities in the state will now be under the poll panel’s scanner. Sampath said on Wednesday the code was vital to ensure a level playing field among various contenders for power.
Chief Election Commissioner V.S. SampathIn the outgoing Lok Sabha, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party have 22 members each from Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party has 21, the Bharatiya Janata Party 10 and the Rashtriya Lok Dal has five members.
Across India, the Lok Sabha election will be held on these dates: April 7 (two states – six constituencies), 9 (five states – seven constituencies), 10 (14 states – 92 constituencies), 12 (four states – 32 constituencies), 17(13 states – 122 constituencies), 24 (12 states – 117 constituencies), 30 (nine states – UT), May 7(seven states – 64 constituencies), May 12 (three states – 41 constituencies) and May 16 (counting of votes..
The 2009 polls were held in five phases from April 16 to May 13.
The term of the current Lok Sabha expires on June 1 and the new House has to be constituted by May 31. Along with the Lok Sabha elections, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim go to polls to elect new assemblies.
It is the first time that the country witnesses elections over such a long period.