ECI sets UP on poll mode: MCC enforced, BJP demands removal of officials

Lucknow, January 4
With the declaration of poll dates for crucial assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Election Commission of India (ECI) today set the ball rolling for the much awaited seven-phased elections by enforcing the model code of conduct(MCC) with immediate effect.The assembly polls process will start from January 17 with the notification for the first phase of elections for 73 seats of 15 districts in western UP.
The polling dates are February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 and March 4 and 8. Counting of votes for the entire 403 seats will be held on March 11.
The entire election process would end on March 15. State Chief Electoral officer(CEO) T Venkatesh told UNI here that with the announcement of elections, the Election Model Code of Conduct is enforced in the state with immediate effect.
He said within next 24 hours, all the election system would be in place and by tomorrow, all the hoardings and posters of the political parties would be removed.
This time, the assembly polls have been delayed in comparison to 2012 polls which were also held in seven phases. In 2012, the polling were held between February 8 to March 3 with the announcement of polls on December 24, 2011. The results were declared on March 6, 2012.
Immediately after the election schedule was announced this noon, UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya demanded that top officials of the UP be removed immediately so that free and fair polls are held. “These officials are working as a party cadre of the ruling Samajwadi Party and they are a hindrance for transparent polls,” he said.
According to the schedule announced by the ECI, notification for the first phase of polling in 73 assembly segment will be issued on January 17, second phase in 67 constituencies on January 20, third phase in 69 constituencies on January 24, fourth phase in 53 segments on January 30, fifth phase in 53 segments on February 2 , sixth phase in 49 segments on February 8 and seventh and last phase in 40 segments on February 11.

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