In light of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, which falls on February 16, two days after the initial polling date, the Election Commission postponed Punjab elections 2022 by a week to February 20.
After the state administration and numerous political parties encouraged it to do so, the Election Commission postponed the polls, which were initially set for February 14, as lakhs of Guru Ravidas devotees flock to Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, to commemorate the day.Several followers of Guru Ravidas, according to the parties, will be unable to exercise their franchise on February 14 due to travel.
The new date falls on the same day as Uttar Pradesh’s third phase of voting. The results of the 2022 Punjab election will be announced on March 10 (Thursday), when the state’s votes are counted alongside those of four other poll-bound states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur. The Punjab Assembly has 117 seats, with 59 constituting a majority. Punjab’s 117 constituencies are divided into three regions: Majha (25), Doaba (23) and Malwa (69).
The Congress won 77 seats in the 2017 Punjab elections, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) received 20 seats. The Shiromani Akali Dal, which had been in power, won 15 seats, while its then-alliance partner, the BJP, gained three. The current Punjab Assembly’s term expires on March 27, 2022.