UP panchayat polls to be held in four phases
The Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission on Friday issued a notification for the three-tier panchayat polls that will be held in four phases. Polling for all the gram panchayats, kshetra panchayats, and Zila Panchayats will commence on April 15, 19, 26, and 29 and the counting of votes will be taken up from 8 am on May 2, State Election Commissioner Manoj Kumar said.
Polling will not be held in constituencies under stay order
There will be a general election for the posts of pradhans and members of all gram panchayats, members of all the kshetra panchayats, and members of Zila panchayats. The commission cleared that polling will not be held in the constituencies affected by a stay order issued by a court and where the local body has more than six months of its tenure left.
Districts covered in first phase of voting
According to the commission, in the first phase polls scheduled to be held on April 15, voting will be held in Saharanpur, Ghaziabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Hathras, Agra, Kanpur Nagar, Jhansi, Mahoba, Prayagraj, Rae Bareli, Hardoi, Ayodhya, Shravasti, Santkabirnagar, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, and Bhadohi districts. Nomination Dates for the first phase are April 3 and 4.
Districts covered in second phase of voting
In the second phase that will take place on April 19, polling will be held in Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bijnor, Amroha, Badaun, Etah, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Etawah, Lalitpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Lucknow, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sultanpur, Gonda, Maharajganj, Varanasi, and Azamgarh districts. Nomination Dates for the second phase are April 7 and 8 from 8 am to 5 pm.
Districts covered in third phase of voting
In the third phase of polling to be held on April 26, votes will be cast in Shamli, Meerut, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Kasganj, Firozabad, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Fatehpur, Unnao, Amethi, Barabanki, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Deoria, Chandauli, Mirzapur, and Ballia districts. Nomination Dates for the third phase are April 13 and 15 from 8 am to 5 pm.
Districts covered in fourth phase of voting
Polling for the fourth and final phase will be held on April 29 in Bulandshahr, Hapur, Sambhal, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Farrukhabad, Banda, Kaushambi, Sitapur, Ambedkaranagar, Bahraich, Basti, Kushinagar, Ghazipur, Sonbhadra, and Mau districts. Nomination Dates for the fourth phase are April 17 and 18. from 8 am to 5 pm.
Voting for all phases will begin from 7 am
Scrutiny of nomination papers of the first phase will be done on April 5 and 6. The last date for withdrawal of nominations of the first phase is April 7 and the election symbol will be allotted after 3 pm on the same day. Voting for all four phases will be held from 7 am to 6 pm.