January 11, 2018 09:41 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Haryana State Election Commission has issued the election programme for conducting General Elections of Gram Panchayat Sambalkha, Block Ladwa, District Kurukshetra and bye elections of 409 vacant seats. The elections will be held on February 4, 2018.

While stating this here today, the State Election Commissioner, Dr. Dalip Singh said that the 409 vacant seats on which bye elections would be held would include 380 Panches, 21 Sarpanches of Gram Panchayat, seven Members of Panchayat Samitis and one member of Zila Parishad. The polls would be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m on Feb.4, 2018.

He said that District Election Officer would publish notice on January 12, 2018, nomination papers would be presented from January 18 to 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The list of nomination papers received would be pasted and affidavit or declaration would be furnished from January 18 to 24. He said that nomination papers would be scrutinized on January 25 from 10 amonwards. The last date for withdrawal of candidature by a candidate would be January 27 up to 3 pm. The symbols would be allotted on January 27 after 3 pm. The list of contesting candidates would be pasted on January 27, immediately after the allotment of symbols. The counting of votes would be carried out immediately after the close of poll and in case of repoll, the Commission might change the date and time of counting of votes, he added.

He said that according to the programme, nomination papers for the election to Panches and Sarpanches of Gram Panchayats would be filed and received at the concerned Gram Panchayat Headquarter and that for the members of Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad would be filed and received at the concerned Block Headquarter by the Returning Officer/Assistant Returning Officer. The scrutiny of the nomination papers would be taken up by the Returning Officers only. The votes for these elections would be given by recording of votes by Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).He said that the counting of votes for all the elections would be held at all the polling stations on the same day, but before starting counting, the Returning Officers would ensure that voting in all the polling booths under their control have been completed. 

He said that a candidate filing the nomination paper for contesting the election of the seat of Panch, Sarpanch, Member Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad would have to deposit an amount in Government Treasury or Sub Treasury or with the respective Returning Officer in cash. The amount is Rs 100 for General and Rs 40 for Scheduled Castes or Backward Classes (SC/BC) category candidate contesting for the seat of Panch, Rs 200 for General and Rs 100 for Scheduled Castes or Backward Classes category candidate contesting for the seat of Sarpanch, and Rs 300 for General and Rs 150 for SC or BC category candidate contesting for the seat of Member Panchayat Samiti. Similarly, the amount is Rs 400 for General and Rs 200 for SC or BC category candidate contesting for the seat of Member Zila Parishad.

He said that the directions were being issued to all the Deputy Commissioners–cum-District Election Officers to give wide publicity to the election programme by munadi in villages, issue of press notes and other handouts and also by inserting paid advertisements in the two local news papers and through electronic media, so that more and more people may come to cast their vote and elect the members of Panchayati Raj for strengthening the democracy at grass root level.

 Dr. Singh said that NOTA (None of the above) option would be used in the elections of Sarpanch, member Panchayat Samiti and member Zila Parishad so that voters who come to the polling stations and decide not to vote for any candidate in fray, are able to exercise their right not to vote with maintaining their right of secrecy.

He said that any person whose name is not included in the voters list/electoral rolls of the concerned Gram Panchayats, might apply to the Deputy Commissioner concerned alongwith prescribed fee not later than four days from the date of publication of election programme.

 Dr. Dalip Singh appealed to all concerned voters to participate to elect the Members of Panchayati Raj Institutions for strengthening the democracy at grass root level.

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