Lucknow, Mar 26 : Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) on Friday announced to hold the much awaited three-tier panchayat polls in four phases in the state next month.
The polling dates are April 15, 19, 26 and 29, while counting of votes would take place in one go on May 2.
State election commissioner Manoj Kumar here announced the dates of the elections with issuing strict guidelines to follow Covid protocol during the election process and following of the election model code of conduct.
The notification for the first phase of polls to be held in 18 districts will be issued on April 3, on April 5 scrutiny of papers would be done while the last date of nominations is April 7.
Notification for the second phase in 20 districts would be issued on April 7, scrutiny will take place on April 9 and the last date of withdrawal will be April 11. The notification for the third phase in 20 districts would be issued on April 13, scrutiny on April 16 and the last date for withdrawal will be April 18.
The notification for fourth and last phase in 17 districts would be issued on April 17, scrutiny on April 19 and withdrawals on April 21.
The voting, to be held through ballot papers would be held from 0700 hrs to 1800 hours. The counting of votes would be held on May 2 from 0800 hrs.
In the first phase of voting the districts going to polls are Saharanpur, Ghaziabad Rampur, Barielly, Hathras, Agra, Kanpur, Jhansi, Mahoba, Prayagraj, Rae Bareli, Hardoi, Ayodhya, Shravasti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur and Bhadohi.
The second phase of voting includes Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Gautam Budh Nagar, Bijnore, Amroha, Badaun, Etah, Mainpuri ,Kannauj, Etawah, Lalitpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Lucknow, Lakhimpur Kheri ,Sultanpur, Gonda, Maharajganj, Varanasi and Azamgarh
The third phase of polling will take place in Shamli, Meerut, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Kasganj, Firozabad, Auraiya ,Kanpur Dehat, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Fatehpur, Unnao, Amethi, Barabanki, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Deoria, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Ballia.
The districts where fourth phase of polling will take place are Bulandshahar, Hapur, Sambhal, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Farrukhabad, Banda ,Kaushambi, Sitapur, Ambedkaranagar ,Bahraich, Basti Kushinagar, Ghazipur, Sonbhadra and Mau.