New Delhi: The dates for Punjab Assembly Elections 2022 have been announced and the state will vote on February 14. According to the Election Commission of India the results of election will be declared on 10th March.
The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced the dates for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand, which will be held between February to March, 2022. Uttar Pradesh will go to poll in 7 phases from February 10 to March 7, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will vote on February 14 and Manipur to vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3.
The notification for elections will be out on January 21 and the last date of nominations will be January 28. The scrutiny of all the nominated candidates will be done on January 29. The date of withdrawal of candidates will be January 31. The counting of votes will take place on March 10, the EC said on Saturday.
Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Election Commission on Saturday banned election rallies, roadshows and corner meetings till January 15 in the five poll-bound states. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said the poll authority will review the COVID-19 situation on January 15 and take a further call on allowing public rallies.
“The Commission will not hesitate to bar parties from further rallies if COVID protocol is not followed,” Chandra said. The Commission also set out stringent COVID guidelines, restricting the number of persons allowed for door-to-door campaigns to five.
Political parties have been asked to provide masks, hand sanitisers to people attending rallies, if they are allowed, Chandra said.
The current term of Punjab Assembly is ending in March 2022. Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab in September 2021 after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the Punjab chief minister. He became the first Punjab chief minister not to complete his five-year term since 1997.
2017 Punjab Assembly Elections
In 2017, Punjab Assembly Elections were held on February 4, 2017.The polls were conducted in a single phase. The results were announced on March 11.
Congress had ended the SAD-BJP combine’s 10-year rule in 2017 with a thumping win by bagging 77 seats in the 117-member Assembly, which was just one short of two-third majority.
The SAD-BJP alliance fared poorly in the polls by winning just 18 seats, of which SAD won 15 seats and its ally BJP only three. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had managed to get 20 seats to emrge as a major player and the principal opposition in the state.