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Stage set for gram panchayat polls

punjab Updated: Jul 03, 2013 00:12 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times
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With everything in place, Patiala is all set for the gram panchayat elections to be held here on Wednesday.

A total of 2,217 candidates are in the fray for 850 seats of sarpanches, while 157 sarpanches had already been elected unopposed in various blocks.

However, 46.12% members of the panchayats were elected unanimously. Out of total 6,029 wards, 2,781 panch members were elected unopposed, while for remaining 3,248 seats, around 7,005 candidates are trying their luck in separate blocks.

Deputy commissioner (DC) GK Singh said the polling parties had been provided adequate polling material and had been sent to their respective booths.

Around 6,000 employees from various departments had been deployed on duty in around 1,155 polling stations across the district.

The DC said each polling station would have a presiding officer, assistant pressing officer and three polling officers. "Strict action will be taken against erring and undisciplined members of the polling staff," he said.

Nearly 7.95 lakh voters will cast their votes.

Singh also urged voters to cast their votes without any fear as heavy security arrangements had been made to ensure proper law and order situation in the district.

"As per the instructions of the state election commission, interested candidates can videograph the event only outside the polling stations at their own expenses. Videography inside the polling booths is strictly banned," the DC said.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardyal Singh Mann said nearly 4,000 policemen, including senior officials and constables, had been deployed across the district in order to avoid any untoward and violent incidents.

Meanwhile, 116 patrolling teams had been constituted to keep a tab on the day's activities.