Current term of Uttarakhand legislative assembly is going to be over in the month of March 2017 on 26-03-2017. Elections are scheduled in the beginning of 2017 and ECI has declared the date of elections. Uttarakhand elections will be conducted in the months of February and March. Voting date is 15 February, 2017. Uttarakhand election results will be declared on 11 March, 2017. Elections in four other states are scheduled during these two months. Election results of all the five states will be declared on same day (11-03-2017).

Uttarakhand Election Updates

Voting in Uttarakhand was completed on 15 February, 2017. This hilly state recorded overall voter turnout of 68%. It is lower than other states where elections have happened recently. The voting percentage was expected to be better than this. Highest voting percentage was recorded as 73%, in Uttarkashi. Almora saw least voter turnout, only 52%.

Political Facts about Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Political Facts 
Parlimentary Constituencies5
Assembly Constituencies70
Nominate Member (Anglo-Indian community)1
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress (INC)
Opposition PartyBhartiya Janta Party (BJP)
Current Chief MinisterHarish Rawat, INC
Leader of the HouseHarish Rawat, INC
Leader of OppositionNone
Current Term of Uttarakhand Assembly27 March 2012 to 26 March 2017
GovernorKrishan Kant Paul
Chief Electoral OfficerRadha Raturi

Uttarakhand has 70 assembly constituencies (Vidhan Sabha) and 5 Parliamentary Constituencies (Lok Sabha). The legislative structure is unicameral. Incumbent Chief Minister is Harish Rawat of Congress. In this state, 36 seats are required to form the government with majority. In 2012 elections, Congress formed the alliance with BSP, UKD(P) and independents and came in power. Bhartiya Janata Party is the opposition party officially.

Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017

Uttarakhand elections will be held in single phase. The state has 70 assembly constituencies, voting will be done on 15 February on all the assembly seats. Uttarakhand was declared as separate state in 2000, after which elections for this state were held. Since its existence as state, Uttarakhand has seen 3 assembly elections.

The people of Uttarakhand has chosen Congress and BJP alternatively in the recent years. Harish Rawat of Congress is the current CM of the state. Congress will try their best to stay in power here. BJP will be waiting to form their government after 5 years long wait. Both the parties have already ruled the state in the past and they have an idea of people choice. Bhartiya Janata Party and Congress are the main parties in the state. Apart from Bhartiya Janata Party and Congress; Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and independents will also contest the elections.

The political fight of the state will be very unpredictable, considering the support BJP got during Lok Sabha Elections. BJP will be trying to prove that the support they got in 2014 elections is still there. Congress has been in their low times since last couple of years. The party is running their campaign in full flow. If the results of Uttarakhand elections Comes in their favour, it will boost the morale of Congress.

Uttarakhand Election 2017 Date

Uttarakhand Election Schedule 
Issue of Notification20.01.2017 (FRI)
Last date for making Nominations27.01.2017 (FRI)
Scrutiny of Nominations30.01.2017 (MON)
Last date for withdrawal of candidature01.02.2017 (WED)
Date of Poll15.02.2017 (WED)
Date of Counting11.03.2017 (SAT)
Date before which election process shall be completed15.03.2017 (WED)

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The dates related to election are declared earlier this year. Election commission of India has released the notification on 20 January, 2017. All the important dates related to Uttarakhand elections were declared in the notification. The last date for making nomination is 27 January. Uttarakhand voting date is 15 February, on which voting will happen in all constituencies. Around one month later, on 11 March, 2017, Uttarakhand election results will be announced. Elections in all the constituencies will be conducted in a single phase.

Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha Elections 2017

Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha elections are just around the corner. All the parties are ready for the political fight of 2017. Congress is currently ruling in the state and will be looking for another 5 years of term. Whereas BJP won’t be pleased to see Congress’s dream coming true. The party has been away from the CM office for some time now. They will be ready to turn the Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha election results 2017 in their favour. The past results suggests that parties has formed the government alternatively. Independents doesn’t score very high here, but their role can not be neglected. In 2012 elections, other parties and Independents formed alliance with Congress. This alliance allowed congress to form the government. The role of every seat is crucial in assembly elections, and no candidate can be ignored.

Uttarakhand Opinion Polls Summary

Survey AgencyDateBJPINCOthers
India Today- My Axis14th October 2016 38-4326-311-4

Many survey agencies, news channels and pollsters have already conducted opinion polls. The opinion polls are a way to predict the mood of voters of a state. Some of the agencies have conducted more than one survey for Uttarakhand. As per the latest polls conducted by India Today-Axis, BJP will win most seats and might score majority. INC is shown at second position while others only managed to score in single digit number. ABP News-Lokniti CSDS conducted their survey of the elections and their predictions are also in favour of BJP. Election results of Uttarakhand is anticipated to come in favour of BJP, as per the survey. Congress is again lacking here. Most of the surveys are predicting that Congress might have to step down and BJP will emerge victorious this time. Uttarakhand election results 2017 can never be judged by these surveys, however they gives a rough idea taken from a number of people.

Read: Uttarakhand Opinion Poll

Important Issues Uttarakhand in 2017 Elections

The main issues of the state includes migrations of residents, unemployment, bad condition of roads, limited job opportunity, and other infrastructure related issue. The state has seen a very large migration rate. Around 1100 village of this beautiful state are empty with no hope of residents coming back. The condition is not good in Garhwal region, where more than 650 villages have limited residents left. The main reason for such large amount of migration is the limited job opportunity. People have to migrate due the lack of basic employment. Other states in plain areas offers more opportunity. The employment rate is severe, around 7 lakh people have no job according to data shared by employment exchange bureaus. Among these people, around 90 percent are educated. These figures could be worse on the ground level.

Political Parties in Uttarakhand

Party Name
Indian National Congress (INC
Bharatiya Janata party (BJP)
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
Uttarakhand Kranti Dal

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Last updated on 17 February 2017