04 January 2017 Current Affairs: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 4 January 2017 announced the dates of assemble polls of five states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Goa.
As per the estimates of ECI, over 16 crore people will vote in this year's assembly elections.
- Goa-4 February 2017
- Punjab-4 February 2017
- Uttarakhand-15 February 2017
- Manipur (2 phases)-4 March 2017, 8 March 2017
- Uttar Pradesh (7 phases)-11 February 2017, 15 February 2017, 19 February 2017, 23 February 2017
The limit for expenses for candidates is Rs 28 lakh for UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Rs 20 lakh for Manipur and Goa respectively.
Election Commission will focus on paid news and Press Council of India will help the commission in detection of paid news.
The commission will undertake strict expenditure monitor mechanism to curb black money.
With the announcement of dates, the Model code of conduct comes into effect hereafter.Article 324 of the Constitution
: It vests authority of superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for and the conduct of elections to Parliament, State Legislature of every state and of elections to the offices of President and Vice President to the Election Commission.