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Punjab Civic Polls 2017: Voting begins; 30% voter turnout in Jalandhar

Punjab Civic Polls 2017: Voting begins; 30% voter turnout in Jalandhar
Written by Pallavi Parmar

Punjab civic polls votings begun today. As per the reports, Punjab is holding elections for 3 municipal corporation and 32 municipal councils. In this election, Congress, Aam Admi Party and the BJP alliance Shiromani Akal Dal are battling with each other in Punjab today. However, the process of the votings to elect the representatives for the municipal corporations and councils including Nagar Panchayats have started at 8 am in the morning and will be ended by 4 pm. And the results of the civic polls votings will declare in the evening.

The votings in Punjab state is conducting for electing the representatives for the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala. The election commission of the state has set up the security across the voting centres. As per the reports, there are around 873 polling booth have set. And total 8,000 election staff along with 15,500 police personnel were deployed for the duties on these polling stations. In Amritsar municipal corporations, there are around 769,153 number of voters to cast their votes for the 413 candidates of the 85 wards. In Jalandhar, there are 560,261 candidates to vote against 305 candidates of the 80 wards. While in Patiala, there are 260,6664 voters to vote for the 57 wards.

The Punjab Civic polls are the first big election in the state during the era of the government led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who came into power since March 2017. This year, Punjab’s biggest city Ludhiana is not marking the polls as the electoral rolls were not updated. The Punjab civic polls are the major battle between the ruling Congress party and the stiff opposition Aam Admi Party. The campaigning for the local body election has ended on Friday. And for the first time this year, voters will have the option of ‘None of the above” across the state. In Jalandhar, 30% voter turnout reported, while 25% in Amritsar.

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Pallavi Parmar

Journalism is my profession, Blogging and Writing are my passion, Travelling is my love, Food is my life and Feminist by nature.

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