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Assembly polls due in 5 states (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be held between February 4 and March 8, the Election Commission announced.

Model Code of conduct
Election Commission of India's Model Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India for conduct of political parties and candidates during elections mainly with respect to speeches, polling day, polling booths, election manifestos, processions and general conduct. These set of norms has been evolved with the consensus of political parties who have consented to abide by the principles embodied in the said code in its letter and spirit. The Model Code of Conduct comes into force immediately on announcement of the election schedule by the commission for the need of ensuring free and fair elections.

Much of it is designed to avert communal clashes and corrupt practices. For example, politicians should not make hate speeches, putting one community against another or make promises about new projects that may sway a voter. 

The Model Code of Conduct is applicable to Centre, the State governments, political parties and their candidates.

Details of Polls
Polls will be held in a total of 690 Assembly constituencies. In the 403 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, the elections will be conducted in seven phases from February 11 to March 8.
Elections in the 60 constituencies of Manipur will be held in two phases on March 4 and 8; Goa (40) and Punjab (117) will go to the polls on February 4, and Uttarakhand (70) on February 15. The counting will be carried out on March 11.

Maximum expense limit allowed to candidates
The maximum limit for expenses for each candidate in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand is ₹28 lakh. In Goa and Manipur, the limit is ₹20 lakh.
 



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