Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Election 2021 Full Schedule, Polling Date, Result Date: Uttar Pradesh Panchayat, Block and Zila Panchayat elections will take place in four phases from April 15. The State Election Commission last month announced a detailed schedule, saying the first phase of polling will take place on April 15, second phase on April 19, third phase on April 26 and fourth on April 29. Results will be declared on May 2. Seen as a semi-final to the next year’s assembly election, this election will be held with ballot papers.
Poll Date and Timing
Phase-I: April 15
Phase-II: April 19
Phase-III: April 26
Phase-IV: April 29
Voting will begin at 7 am and continue till 6 pm.
Districts going to polls in Phase-I
Sant Kabir Nagar
In the first phase, more than 3.33 lakh candidates are in the fray for over 2.21 lakh seats for zila panchayat (district council) members, kshetra (block) panchayat members, village panchayat heads. For the post of zila panchayat members, 11,442 candidates are in the fray from 779 wards. As many as 81,747 candidates are contesting in 19,313 wards of kshetra panchayats. For the gram panchayat, 1,14,142 candidates are trying their luck for 14,789 posts. For gram panchayat wards, there are 1,26,613 candidates for 1,86,583 seats.
Districts Going to Polls in Phase-II
Districts Going to Polls in Phase-III
Districts Going to Polls in Phase-IV
The BJP, BSP, Samajwadi Party and the Congress are among the dominating parties in the fray. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party and Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad’s Azad Samaj Party are making their debut in UP. The AIMIM is contesting this election with the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, which was earlier part of NDA.
UP Municipal Election 2017
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had swept the election by winning 14 of 16 mayor posts. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came at distant second position with win on just two seats. At least 11 other parties had contested the polls but drew blank. For Municipal councillor, 1300 seats were up for grab. Of these, the saffron party again cornered the lion’s share with win 597 seats. Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party won 202 while BSP bagged 147 and the Congress secured 110 seats.
Reservation of seats in villages
The local body election was due in April-May but faced some hurdles due to disagreement over reservation of panchayat seats in villages. In February, the state government issued an order fixing 1995 as the base year for rotating the reserved seats in village, blocks and district local bodies. However, a petitioner, Ajay Kumar, challenged the order saying it was in violation of an earlier notification that had fixed 2015 as the base year. Upon these submissions, the court asked the government to follow the 2015 rules for seat reservation in the panchayat elections.
In February, the High Court had asked the state election Commission to hold panchayat elections by April 30. The court had rejected the EC’s undertaking to hold the elections by May 2021. The court had also noted that the panchayat election should have been held on or before January 13, 2021.