Chandigarh/ 20 January – Haryana State Election Commission, has issued the election program for the Bye-Election of 396 vacant seats in the State, including 358 Panches and 27 Sarpanches of Gram Panchayat, 9 seats of Panchayat Samiti and 2 seats of Zilla Parishad members. Voting for these Bye-Elections will be held on February 9, 2020.
Giving information about the election program, a spokesman said that nomination papers for these Bye-Elections can be filed from 23 January to 28 January 2020 between 10 am to 3 pm.
He informed that the list of nomination papers received will also be displayed from 23 to 28 January 2020 and during these dates, the candidates will also have to submit affidavits in Form 4-A and 4-B. The nomination papers will be scrutinized from 10 am onwards on January 29, 2020, and the last date for withdrawal of nomination by the candidate is January 31, 2020. The allotment of election symbols to the candidates will be done only after 3 pm on January 31, 2020. The list of candidates will be displayed immediately after the allotment of election symbols. He informed that polling, if necessary, will be held from 8 am to 4 pm on February 9, 2020, and counting of votes will be done immediately after the voting.
He informed that according to the schedule, the nomination papers for the election of Panch and Sarpanchs of Gram Panchayats shall be filed and received at headquarters of Gram Panchayats concerned and for the members of Panchayat Samiti and Zilla Parishad at headquarters of the Block concerned by the Returning Officer or Assistant Returning Officer.
The Spokesman said that the nomination papers will be scrutinized by the concerned Returning Officer. Voting for these elections will be done through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and counting will take place on the same day at the polling stations. He informed that there will be an option of NOTA in the election of Sarpanch of Gram Panchayats and members of Panchayat Samitis.
He said that the persons whose names are not included in the voter list of the respective Gram Panchayats; should get their names included in the voter list, for addition, deletion and correction till the first day of filling nomination papers, for the elections. He appealed to all concerned voters to actively participate in the election of members of Panchayati Raj Institutions to strengthen democracy at a lower level.