Often it is the small facts that are the most interesting. For this 2022 Election season, we attempt to dig out interesting and little known facts related to the politics and elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Scroll down to know and don't forget to share with your friends about your #TIL moment (for the uninitiated, #TIL stands for Today I Learned).
A total of 6944 candidates are contesting in these elections across the five states.
The most common name among all candidates contesting in these elections is Ram (193), followed by Prakash (93).
The highest change in voter turnout in these elections was in Saikot, Manipur where the turnout was 17.87% higher than in the previous election.
No constituencies in Uttar Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of more than 80%, while in Manipur 33 of the 60 seats had a turnout of more than 90%.
The highest voter turnout in the 2022 Assembly elections was in Wangoi, Manipur in which 94.76% of eligible electors excercised their vote.
The closest contest in the 2017 Assembly elections was in Sagolband, Manipur where Rajkumar Imo Singh of INC defeated Khwairakpam Loken Singh of BJP by a margin of 19 votes.
The highest margin of victory in the 2017 elections was in Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh in which Sunil Kumar Sharma of BJP defeated Amarpal of INC by a margin of over 1.5 lakh votes.
Constituency with the highest number of females compared to male electors is Ludhiana South in Punjab and the ratio of female electors is lowest in Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
Only 5 seats have a two-sided contest in these elections. All the four seats are in Manipur: Heingang, Nambol, Thanga, Chandel, Nungba Covering an area of about 4 square kilometres, Mormugao in Goa is the smallest constituency in these elections.
The number of Independent candidates contesting in these elections is 1,729. This is an average of 2.5 Independent candidates per constituency.
A total of 345 parties are contesting in these elections across the 5 states.
Shiv Sena has put up candidates in all 5 states that went to the polls. A total of 56 candidates have contested in these elections under a Shiv Sena ticket.
Congress is contesting in more seats than BJP in these Assembly elections. Congress has put up candidates in 676 of the 690 seats, while BJP has its candidates in 619.
Uttar Pradesh has more Assembly constituencies than four of the remaining five states set to vote in the upcoming Assembly elections (Feb to Mar 2022).
State assembly elections that are held independently are completely borne by the state government. When held simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections, the central and the respective state governments share it on a 50:50 basis.
The election commission has hiked the poll expenditure limit for contesting candidates due to the rise in the cost inflation index and the size of the electorate.
A legislative body in the states and union territories of India. During Assembly elections, people vote for one representative in each constituency. The elected representatives become Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).
Reserved constituencies are constituencies in which seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes and Tribes based on the size of their population.
Of the 690 Assembly seats, 137 are reserved for Scheduled Casters, 29 for Scheduled Tribes and 527 seats are unreserved.
A total of 690 Assembly constituencies across 5 states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa) are expected to go to the polls in early 2022.