The bypoll to the Khadoor Sahib assembly seat in Tarn Taran district will be held on February 13, the Election Commission of India announced on Tuesday. With it, the model code of conduct also comes into force in the district.
The seat fell vacant after Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki resigned in protest against sacrilege incidents last year.
Punjab’s chief electoral office spokesman said the gazette notification would be done on January 21.The last date for filling the nominations has been fixed as January 27. The scrutiny of papers would be done on January 28 and the last date for withdrawing the nominations is January 30, said the spokesman.
The counting of votes would be done on February 16 and the electoral process would conclude on February 18.
The detailed instructions have also been issued to the speaker, deputy speaker, ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, financial commissioners, administrative secretaries, heads of the departments, chairmen of boards and corporations for compliance of the model code of conduct from January 12 till conclusion of the electoral process on February 18, he added.
Earlier, chief election commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi had said that the Khadoor Sahib Assembly by-poll would be held by mid-May of 2016. But the assembly is all set to go polling in the second month of 2016.
It was in October, 2015 that the sitting Congress MLA, Ramanjit Singh Sikki, had sent his resignation from the assembly to speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal. However, the seat was formally declared vacant on November 18 after the speaker accepted the resignation. Sikki had quit in protest against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Baath village in the Khadoor Sahib segment.