Haryana state election commissioner Rajeev Sharma said here on Tuesday that the panchayat elections were being conducted in phases to ensure smooth conduct of electoral process and to provide contesting candidates adequate time for campaigning.
He said the nominations for the seats of panches, sarpanches will be received at village headquarters and those for the members of panchayat samitis will be received at block headquarters. The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be taken up by returning officers.
The election commission will appoint election and election expenditure observes in each district to ensure smooth conduct of elections. They will keep a close watch on every stage of electoral process to ensure free and fair elections. Videography of sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling stations will be done.
Directions have been issued to the district election officers to establish sufficient number of polling stations with all basic amenities such as ramps, first-aid facility, shelter, drinking water, toilets etc so that voters, especially senior citizens, physically challenged and women, do not face any in convenience.
Sharma said that elaborate security arrangements would be put in place to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. The commission, he said, would ensure security of polling personnel, polling stations and polling material. The home department has been requested to deploy adequate police personnel for the purpose.
Appeal to refrain from paid news
The commissioner made a request to the media to refrain from allowing any undue publicity to a candidate in lieu of money or any other consideration. He emphasised that the commission is aware of the menace of paid news and urged the media to help it in tackling the issue.
Expenditure limit doubled
For benefit of panchayat poll contestants, the commission has also enhanced the limit of expenditure to be incurred during the elections.
For the post of panch, the expenditure limit has been enhanced from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. For sarpanch of gram panchayat having up to 15 wards, the expenditure limit has been increased to Rs 30,000 from Rs 15,000.
Those contesting for the post of sarpanch in gram panchayat having more than 15 wards can now spend Rs 50,000.
The earlier limit was Rs 25,000. Similarly, the limit for members of panchayat samiti and zila parishad has been doubled. Now, members of panchayat samiti and zila parishad can spend Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, respectively.
Notification of elections
Date for filing nomination
September 15 to September 19
September 22 to September 29
October 1 to October 7
Scrutiny of nomination
Withdrawal of nomination
Allotment of symbols
Date of polling
Total number of gram panchayats: 6,197
Total number of panchayat samities: 123
Total number of zila parishads: 20
Total number of EVM's to be used: 46,500
Total number of ballot boxes: 46,000
Total number of voters: 1.1 crore
Total men voters:59 lakh
Total women voters: 51 lakh
Polling booths: 21,475
Sensitive polling booths: 4,123
Hyper sensitive polling booths: 4,265
Staff to be deployed: 10,7675