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Chandigarh: The Election Commission announced the complete schedule for the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab and four other states today. The EC also announced final result dates for Assembly elections 2022. The poll body convened a press conference and declared the schedule for the polls and results in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.Also Read – Assembly Election 2022: Strict Actions To Be Taken Against Polling Officers For Violation Of Covid Guidelines, Says EC | Highlights

The 2022 assembly elections will be held in Punjab in a single phase. Voting for Uttarakhand and Goa assembly elections will also be held in a single phase on the same date. The 2022 assembly elections in all five states will be completed in seven phases from February 10 to March 7.

Here’s the full schedule for Punjab Assembly Elections 2022:

  • Date of issue of notification – January 21
  • Last date for filing nomination – January 28
  • Scrutiny of Nomination: January 29
  • Last date of withdrawal of candidature: January 31
  • Voting day in Punjab in single phase (phase 2)  – February 10
  • Date of counting of votes – March 10, 2022

Phase-wise schedule for all 5 states:

  • 1st phase: Feb 10 –  UP 
  • 2nd phase: Feb 14 – Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand and Goa
  • 3rd phase: Feb 20 – UP
  • 4th phase: Feb 23 – UP
  • 5th phase: Feb 27 – UP, Manipur
  • 6th phase: March 3 – UP, Manipur
  • 7th phase: March 7 – UP

Key candidates in Punjab CM’s race: 

The major Chief Ministerial candidates in Punjab are as follows. As the Congress has not finalised its candidate amid infighting in the party, if the Congress government is reelected to power, either newly inducted Charanjit S Channi could retain his position or Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, who seems to angling for the CM’s chair, could be chosen.

Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh‘s party Punjab Lok Congress’ is in alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Sanyukt. Amarinder Singh is likely to be the alliance’ CM if it wins the election.

Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur constituency in Punjab Bhagwant Mann could be the Aam Aadmi Party’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2022 Assembly polls. According to sources, the party has made up its mind to make Bhagwant Mann the CM face for Punjab elections.

The current tenure of Punjab Legislative Assembly is scheduled to end on March 27, 2022. This will be the 16th Assembly of the Punjab legislature. The voting will be conducted to elect 117 members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly.

New COVID-19 protocols announced for Punjab Assembly election 2022:

Besides the poll schedule, fresh COVID-19 protocols were also announced to conduct the elections safely amid the rising number of cases across India.

  • No physical election rallies, roadshows yatras allowed in 5 states till January 15 due to the COVID situation
  • Physical rallies during campaign, if allowed later, must follow Covid-19 guidelines
  • Political parties and candidates advised to conduct their election campaign in digital or virtual modes as much as possible
  • Polling time in all five states to be increased by one hour
  • No victory procession to be allowed post-results
  • All personnel on election duty will be doubly-vaccinated and also eligible for precautionary third dose to ensure Covid-safe polls

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