Lucknow, Jan 4:  The Election Commission of India has announced the dates for the much-awaited Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 today. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 will take place in 7 phases beginning from February 11 to  March 8. The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced that counting of votes for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls will take place on March 11, 2017, along with other states-Punjab, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. The results will start pouring in the afternoon as counting of votes in electronic voting. Uttar Pradesh Assembly’s term expires on May 27, 2017.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates:

  •  Elections in UP will be held in 7 phases.
  • 1st phase election date is February 11.
  • 2nd phase election date is February 15.
  • 3rd phase election date is February 19.
  • 4th phase election date is February 23.
  • 5th phase election date is February 27.
  • 6th phase election date is March 4.
  • 7th phase election date is March 8.
Date of notification Last date of filing Nomination Scrutiny of Nominations Withdrawal of Nomination Election date
Phase 1
(15 districts)
January 17 January 24 January 25 January 27 February 11
Phase 2
(11 districts)
January 20 January 27 January 28 January 30 February 15
Phase 3
(12 districts)
January 24 January 31 February 2 February 4 February 19
Phase 4
(12 districts)
January 30 February 6 February 7 February 9 February 23
Phase 5
(11 districts)
February 2 February 9 February 11 February 13 February 27
Phase 6
(7 districts)
February 8 February 15 February 16 February 18 March 4
Phase 7
(7 districts)
February 11 February 18 February 20 February 22 March 8

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates – Phase 1:

  • Date of Notification: 17 January
  • Last date of nomination: January 24
  • Scrutiny of nomination: 25 January
  • Withdrawal of candidature: 27 January
  • Voting: 11 February

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates – Phase 2:

  • Date of Notification: 20 January
  • Last date of nomination: 27 January
  • Scrutiny of nomination: 28 January
  • Withdrawal of candidature: 30 January
  • Voting: 15 February

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates – Phase 3:

  • Date of Notification: 24 January
  • Last date of nomination: 31 January
  • Scrutiny of nomination: 2 February
  • Withdrawal of candidature: 4 February
  • Voting: 19 February

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates – Phase 4:

  • Date of Notification: 30 January
  • Last date of nomination: 6 February
  • Scrutiny of nomination: 7 February
  • Withdrawal of candidature: 9 February
  • Voting: 23 February

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates – Phase 5:

  • Date of Notification: 2 February
  • Last date of nomination: 9 February
  • Scrutiny of nomination: 11 February
  • Withdrawal of candidature: 13 February
  • Voting: 27 February

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates – Phase 6:

  • Date of Notification: February 8
  • Last date of nomination: 15 February
  • Scrutiny of nomination: 16 February
  • Withdrawal of candidature: 18 February
  • Voting: 4 March

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Dates – Phase 7:

  • Date of Notification: February 11
  • Last date of nomination: 18 February
  • Scrutiny of nomination: 20 February
  • Withdrawal of candidature: 22 February
  • Voting: 8 March

Election Commission of India today laid out norms for the elections as follows:-

  • Every polling station will have 4 posters for voting procedure and dos and don’ts. ECI to distribute Voters’ Guide to facilitate voters; there will be voters Assistance booth manned by officials
  • Candidates will be required to affix photo on nomination papers, he will be required to mention that he is citizen of India.
  • Model code of conduct comes into immediate effect.
  • All women-managed polling stations would be set up.
  • Polling station-wise mapping of Persons with Disabilities being done; Assembly Elections to be Persons with Disabilities-friendly.
  • ECI discourages use of environmentally hazardous material in Assembly Elections campaigns.
  • Kiosks/bastas set up by candidates will be deemed to be set up by candidates, to be included in election exp. by candidates.
  • There will be strict expenditure monitor mechanism to curb black money.
  • Expenses above Rs 20,000 have to be out of bank accounts to be set up and it has to be through cheques.

Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner said,”There will be complete accountability of photo voter slips, colourful voter guides will be distributed to each family.” He further stated that height of voting compartments has been raised to 30 inch for secrecy.

As per reports, Dalits constitute 21.1 per cent  of Uttar Pradesh population, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) constitute 40 per cent of UP population, tribals 0.8 per cent, forward caste 19 per cent, Muslims 19. 3 per cent and Christians 0.18 per cent.