UP Election 2017: EC issues notification for first phase of polls

Voting for the first phase of elections in western UP�s 73 constituencies will begin on February 13. These include over 15 crucial districts with significant Muslim population which may decide the outcome of the elections

UP Election 2017: EC issues notification for first phase of polls

The Election Commission has come with notification for the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll on Tuesday.

Voting for the first phase of elections in western UP’s 73 constituencies will begin on February 13. These include over 15 crucial districts with significant Muslim population which may decide the outcome of the elections, reported Live Mint. 

The Chief Electoral Officer office added that filing of nominations began at 11 am. The last date to file  nominations is on January 24, while January 27 will be the final date for withdrawal. 



The Assembly polls are held in seven stages this time, with the first phase covering western UP districts, including Muzaffarnagar. BJP has won large number of seats from this region in last Lok Sabha elections taking advantage of the communal riots.

The first phase will also cover districts like Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura, Hathras, Agra, Firozabad, Etah and Kasganj. BSP is eyeing on the Muslim-dominated region and the party has given ticket to 97 Muslim candidates out of total 403 candidates, banking on Dalit-Muslim votes.

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