The Hush Post, Chandigarh: The Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad elections in Punjab would be held on September 19.
Announcing this on Wednesday in Chandigarh, Punjab’s State Election Commissioner Jagpal Singh Sandhu gave the detailed schedule for the elections of 22 Zila Parishad and 150 Panchayat samitis.
With the announcement of the schedule, the “Model Code of Conduct” has come into force immediately in the State. The Code of Conduct would be in force till the completion of the electoral process.
Addressing a press conference, the State Election Commissioner said that the process for filing the nominations would commence on September 4, and September 7 would be the last date for filing the nominations. The nominations would be scrutinized on September 10 while the date for withdrawal of the nominations would be September 11 which would also be the date for allotting the election symbols to the candidates. The voting would be held on September 19 from 8 AM till 4 PM. The counting of votes would be held on September 22. A total of 35 observers are being appointed to ensure peaceful conduct of the polls.
Sandhu said that 354 members would be elected for 22 Zila Parishads and 2,900 Members would be elected for 150 Panchayat samitis in the state. The state government has given 50 per cent reservation for women in Zila Parishads and Panchayat samitis.
The State Election Commissioner also said that the voter lists of the Zila Parishad and block Samitis had been updated with qualifying date of January 1, 2018. He appealed to all the voters to participate in the voting process with full zeal. There are 66,88,245 male, 60,99,053 female and 97 third gender voters totalling 1,27,87,395 registered voters in state for these elections.
The Commission has established 17,268 polling booth and 86,340 personnel will be put on election duty.
Sandhu further said that the expenditure limit for a candidate contesting for Zila Parishad has been fixed at Rs.1.90 lakh whereas the limit for those contesting Block Samitis coming has been fixed at Rs.80,000.