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Assembly elections are going to be held in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand between February 4 and March 8, 2017. It will be held in single phase in Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand. In Manipur, elections will be held in two phases while in Uttar Pradesh, they will be conducted in seven phases.

The contest promises to be fierce among SP, BSP, BJP and Congress in the politically significant state of Uttar Pradesh which has the highest number of Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha constituencies in India. After its success in Assam, the BJP is projecting itself ambitiously as a viable alternative to the Congress in Manipur this time and also the Northeast at large. In Punjab and Goa, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has emerged as a strong third contender. Counting of votes will be held on March 11, 2017.
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17 candidates file their nomination from Gautam Budh Nagar on Monday the 23rd January. In Gautam Budh Nagar district 17 candidates filed their nomination papers by various party candidates. Sanjay Kumar of Shiv Sena filed his nominatio..Read More
Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh will take on Rita Bahuguna in UP elections. Samajwadi Party has released the list of 37 candidates for the upcoming UP elections. In an interesting move, it has fielded Aparna Yadav, the young..Read More
The new Goa government would run on the directions of Manohar Parrikar, says Amit Shah Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah while addressing the election rally in Vasco, Goa has equated Congress with corruption and the BJP ..Read More
1,145 candidates in Punjab would be contesting the upcoming poll in the state beginning February 4. Punjab state Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh has said that as many as 1145 candidates would be fighting elections in the state of Punjab. He told ..Read More
Congress manifesto in Goa promises 4 liters of petrol to college students and ban on casinos The Congress party has released its manifesto in Goa for the upcoming elections in the state. It has promised to give four liters of petrol to colle..Read More
Rashtriya Lok Dal releases the list of 10 candidates for UP Polls Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal released its fourth list of 10 candidates on Monday. With the fourth list, the total candidates announced by RLD ha..Read More
Samajwadi Party releases fourth list of candidates; Akhilesh to contest from Mubarakpur The Samajwadi Party (SP) has announced its fourth list of candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. As per reports, Uttar Prad..Read More
Samajwadi Party releases manifesto for UP polls Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav released the Samajwadi Party manifesto at a rally in Lucknow, flanked by his wife Dimple Yadav.  Th..Read More
Congress releases list of 63 candidates in Uttarakhand The congress which is fighting a straight battle with the BJP in Uttarakhand has released a list of 63 candidates. The names were finalized in prese..Read More
Ticket to Rajnath Singhís son, Pankaj Singh causes resentment in the BJP in U.P. There is trouble for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Its decision to give the ticket to Rajnath Singh’s son, Pankaj Singh from Noida constituency ha..Read More
Congress releases first list of 43 candidates for UP polls After entering into a pre-poll alliance with Samajwadi Party (SP), the Congress has announced its first list of 43 candidates for the forthcoming As..Read More
Sheila Dixit no longer chief ministerial candidate of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh It is official now. Sheila Dixit will no longer by congress chief ministerial candidate from Uttar Pradesh. This comes after congress and Samajwadi ..Read More
Congress and SP fight over seat-sharing The Congress-Samajwadi alliance has run into trouble with the duo failing to reach an agreement over share of seats for the forthcoming Assembly pol..Read More
All-women team of observers for Goa Election Commission is deputing send an all-woman team of observers to Goa that goes to the polls on February 4. The step has been taken in view of ..Read More
RLD seals pact with JD (U); to contest all 403 seats The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will contest on all 403 seats in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, in alliance with JD (U) and some smal..Read More
Amit Shah to build the tempo for Modiís election rally in Goa Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting near Panaji in Goa, BJP president Amit Shah will address two election rallies at Vasco ..Read More
Many Mulayam Singh loyalists denied tickets in SPís first poll list The first list of the Samajwadi Party (SP) released by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav has no mention of the 40 candidate choices of Sh..Read More
BJP likely to announce its second list of Uttar Pradesh on 20th January The BJP is rushing through its process of finalizing the list of candidates for the UP elections. On 19th January the senior leaders of the BJP had ..Read More
Congress chief captain Amarinder Singh says Congress likely to get two third majority Punjab Congress chief captain Amarinder Singh foresees a landslide victory in the coming elections in Punjab and maintained that he was confident..Read More
BJP Likely to Declare remaining seats Candidates for UP and Uttarakhand Polls Today The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has already announced its first list of candidates for the coming Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly ele..Read More
Samajwadi Party to contest 300 plus seats out of total 403 Samajwadi Party National Vice President Kironmoy Nanda quoted that Samajwadi Party won't join hands with RLD. However, SP  will contest on ..Read More
211 Nomination filed on last day in Goa On 18th January 2017, a total of 211 nominations were filed in Goa. It was the last day of filing nominations for the state Assembly elections start..Read More
Congress to have seat sharing arrangements in Goa The Congress party is fighting on 36 seats in the assembly of 40 seats in Goa. Congress which is in opposition has entered a seat sharing arrangemen..Read More
Navjot Singh Siddhu and others file their nomination papers The election in Punjab is now entering a decisive phase as a number of bigwigs have filed their nomination papers. The cricketer turned politician, ..Read More
Former congress veteran 91-year-old Narayan Dutt Tiwari and son join BJP In a surprise move the former congress veteran 91-year-old Narayan Dutt Tiwari has joined the BJP along with his son Rohit Shekhar. He was greeted b..Read More

Election System in India

Types of Elections in India

Following are the major types of elections in the country:

Right to Vote
The Constituent Assembly adopted the principle of universal adult franchise as the main method of democratic representation in the Lok Sabha and in the State Legislative Assemblies. The original Article 325, providing for adult suffrage fixed the age of eligibility to vote for elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, at 21 years, but by the 62nd Amendment to this clause passed in 1989, it has been reduced to 18 years.
Election Process in India
In an election, various candidates of different parties contest against each other, out of which the people elect their representative. The stages of the election process of India include delimitation of constituencies wherein the entire area (the whole country in the case of Lok Sabha elections and that particular state in the case of Legislative Assembly elections) is divided into constituencies. After the demarcation of constituency, the voters' list of each constituency is prepared and published and nomination papers are filed by the candidates. Thereafter, nomination papers are scrutinised. The next stage is the campaign by all the candidates and the parties. The election campaign ends 48 hours before the polling. The last step is the counting of votes and declaration of result.

Political Parties in India
A political party is a group of people who want to achieve common goals by contesting elections and exercising political power upon winning. India has a multi-party system. Some of the major political parties in India are: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress, Bahujan Samaj party (BSP), Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), National Congress Party (NCP), Janata Dal United (JDU) and Shiv Sena. There are also various regional parties in India.
Election Results History

Having commenced in the year 1951, elections in India are held after every five years. The PM is elected by the LS members after each election.

Assembly Election Results

Held every five years, MLAs are chosen by the people in Assembly Elections in different states. The Chief Minister is selected by the MLAs thereupon.

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