In an apparent goof-up, the district administration on Friday issued a press note stating those contesting the upcoming municipal corporation elections could start filing their nominations from February 7 to 11. However, a revised handout was later issued which read there was a possibility of nominations being filed during this period.
What is strange, though, is that the state election commission has so far not issued a poll notification without which nominations cannot be filed.
An all-party meeting chaired by DC Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu was held on Friday. Those present said the latter had informed them the poll notification had been issued and the nomination process would begin on Saturday and continue till February 11. Harman Preet Singh ‘Prince’, who is contesting from ward no 15, said: “We’ve been told the nomination process will start on February 7 and withdrawals can be made on February 13.”
Baljit Kumbra, chairman of the market welfare association, was present at the meeting. “We’ve been asked to begin filing nominations from Saturday. We learnt on Friday the polls have been notified and will be held on February 22.”
The DC said: “It’s only after we received an internal communication that we issued a press statement that nominations can be filed from Saturday onwards. We haven’t received any official notification, but we hope to get it by Saturday.
However, their nominations will be officially accepted only after a formal notification”. Sources said a formal notification was expected on Friday itself because of which the all-party meeting was held and the press note issued.
However, no official direction was issued by the DC’s office. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tentative election schedule
Feb 7-11 Filing of nominations
Feb 12: Scrutiny of applications
Feb 13: Withdrawal of candidature
Feb 22: Polling day