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Friday 23 December 2011

EC likely to announce poll dates for 5 states

EC likely to announce poll dates for 5 states


Mayawati-led BSP has already started the election campaign to fight anti-incumbency.

The Election Commission is likely to announce the poll dates for five states on Friday.
Though Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa are all scheduled to hold elections in 2012, all eyes would be on Mayawati's UP where anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has urged the people not to vote for parties that oppose the Lokpal Bill.
The state is expected to have a five-phase election in the second half of February as the high school and board examinations have been scheduled for March.
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi, however, said on Wednesday that the panel can get the exams postponed if it affects the assembly poll schedule in the state.
The political parties seem to have already picked up the tab on early polls with senior leaders of all main outfits - Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, BJP and Congress - stepping up their campaign.
The parties have already begun the process of announcing their candidates for the 404 seats.

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