Deputy commissioner SS Johal has refuted the charges of deliberate rejection of nomination papers for the election to the nagar panchayat of Khemkaran. "Only those papers that did not meet the guidelines of the State Election Commission have been rejected after giving the candidates due opportunity," said Johal in a statement issued here on Monday.
He said that after the verification of the inquiry report received from Patti SDM-cum-returning officer, it was clear that the nomination papers of 11 candidates were rejected due to certain shortcomings in their nomination papers.
Giving details, the deputy commissioner said that in the election to be held on June 7 in 13 wards, for which 54 nominations had been received, 11 nominations had been rejected after giving them due opportunity to rectify the errors in their papers.
The DC clarification came after PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh alleged that the nomination papers of Congress candidates were deliberately rejected to facilitate the election of SAD nominees.