West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016

Know Your Election: West Bengal 2016

The Trinamool Congress is, without doubt, the most powerful political force in the State and Mamata Banerjee the most popular political leader. It is seen as the behemoth and “democratic forces” are coalescing in a bid to best it at the hustings.

Three-plus decades of Left rule left the Congress a party that is strong in only a few pockets. And the Left, unable to quickly absorb the shock of its 2011 defeat, has barely recouped.

For the BJP, the main challenge in these elections would be to hold on to its general election vote share of nearly 17 per cent. The party hasn’t been able to build on the momentum of its 2014 high, with many who had lately joined the BJP — such as the youth wing of the All India Forward Bloc — opting to return to their old parties.

Here's what you need to know:

Important dates:



Phase 1*

Phase 2

Phase 3

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

March 11&14

March 22

March 28

Last Date for Nominations

March 18&21

March 29

April 4

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

March 19&22

March 30

April 5

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

March 21&26

April 1

April 7

Date of polling

April 4&11

April 17

April 21

Counting

May 19

May 19

May 19





Phase 4

Phase 5

Phase 6

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

April 1

April 4

April 7

Last Date for Nominations

April 4

April 8

April 11

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

April 5

April 9

April 19

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

April 7

April 11

April 21

Date of polling

April 25

April 30

May 5

Counting

May 19

May 19

May 19



Facilities for voters

In a bid to encourage more voters to exercise their franchise, the Election Commission has taken several measures.

* For the first time, EVMs will feature a symbol for NOTA. The symbol was created in association with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

* The photographs of candidates will be printed along with their names and election symbol in the EVMs.

* The Commission will distribute voter slips bearing the photo of the elector with the details, including that of polling booth, his/her serial number in the electoral roll.

* Every polling station will be equipped with basic minimu facilities such as drinking water, toilets, shed and ramp.

* Model polling stations will be set up in select constituencies.

* Separate polling booths for women will be set-up, wherever possible.

* Differently-abled votes will be given priority in exercising their franchise.

* Auxillary polling stations will be set up inside Blind Schools and leprosy sanatorium.

* Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in select constituencies.

* All critical events will be videographed.

(With inputs from Election Commission of India)


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