The filing of nomination papers for the Khadoor Sahib bypoll, slated to be held on February 13, will begin on Wednesday.
District election officer-cum-deputy commissioner Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal said that according to the notification issued by the Punjab unit of the Election Commission, candidates could file their nomination papers from January 20 to 27 in the office of Khadoor Sahib sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Ravinder Singh.
He said, “The nomination papers will be examined on January 28 and candidates can withdraw their papers till January 30. The counting of votes will start on February 16 and the result will be declared on February 18.”
He said the administration had made elaborate arrangements to effectively implement the model code of conduct in the district and officials were in touch with representatives of various political parties to ensure discipline and ethical conduct in their poll campaigns.
“Taking permission from the SDM concerned will be mandatory for organising any public meeting or rally. No one will be allowed to use government resources during the campaign,” he added.
The seat had fallen vacant after Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki resigned in protest against the sacrilege incidents in the state.
MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura’s son Ravinder Singh Brahmpura is likely to contest the bypoll on the SAD ticket. Aam Aadmi Party dissidents Sumail Singh Sidhu and Baldeep Singh have already announced to contest the bypoll as independents after the party’s decision not to contest it.
No nominations likely on first day
No candidate seems ready for filing the nomination papers on the first day. The SAD is yet to make a formal announcement on its candidate. The decision on the Congress candidate will reportedly come from the party high command, which will take a few days to announce it. Sumail Singh Sidhu is likely to file his nomination papers by January 23.