The Punjab State Election Commission on Wednesday issued a notification for the July 3 gram panchayat elections in the state.
With the issuance of the notification, the model code of conduct has come into force. It will stay in place till July 4.
The elections are being conducted through wardbandi for the first time. The election of sarpanches would be held in 13,080 gram panchayats and for panches in 81,412 wards of villages. The sarpanch would be elected through direct election.
The process of filing nominations started on Wednesday and would last till June 22. Scrutiny of papers would be done on June 24 and the papers can be withdrawn up to June 25. Voting would be conducted on July 3.
The voting would start at 8 am. and continue till 4 pm. Counting of votes would start the same day after polling ends.
The commission has issued strict directions for compliance of the code of conduct.
Model code of conduct
An official spokesman of the commission clarified that the code of conduct had come into effect immediately within the jurisdiction of gram panchayats and would be operative till the completion of the election process.
During the election process, ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not make use of official machinery and personnel or other government resources, including government vehicles, for furtherance of interests of any candidate.
Official telephones, including mobiles, or fax shall not be used for electioneering. Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction grants out of their discretionary funds from the time the elections were announced by the commission.
Further, they shall not announce any financial grant in any form or promises thereof or make any promise of constructions of road, provision of drinking water facility or make any ad hoc appointment in government public undertaking which may influence voters in favour of the party in power. They shall not sanction any new scheme or make any announcement of any new scheme. Laying of foundation stone of a project/scheme of any kind shall not be done during the election period.
An official spokesman said any public servant shall not participate or accompany a minister in any programme, organised at an individual's house for which the minister has accepted the invitation during his election tour.
Loudspeakers shall be used only between 7am and 10pm. No party or candidate shall hold public meeting or processions without obtaining necessary permission from the competent local authority(s). Places of worship such as temples, mosques, churches shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.
June 19-22 Filing of nominations
June 24 Scrutiny of papers
June 25 Last date for withdrawal
July 3 Polling day