11.6 lakh voters in Ludhiana to decide fate of candidates in panchayat polls next month
As many as 11.6 lakh voters living in 941 villages of Ludhiana district will decide the fate of candidates in the ensuing panchayat polls expected to be conducted next month.
While no official date has been announced yet, but hectic activity is being witnessed at the deputy commissioner’s office at the mini-secretariat.
All the ballot boxes were being taken out from the storeroom on Sunday and sent for maintenance.
When asked about the preparedness for panchayat polls, additional deputy commissioner (ADC, development) Shena Aggarwal said, “All the preparations have been made and we are waiting for orders.”
According to panchayat election in-charge Brijmohan Bharadwaj, nearly 13,000 employees from various government departments and affiliated colleges will be pressed into service for the election.
He said that as many as 1,594 polling booths will be established across the district. For this purpose, the city has been divided into 13 blocks.
There are 6,19,174 men, 5,41,553 women and 16 transgender voters who will elect their respective candidates in the ensuing election.
“Panchayat samiti and zila parishad elections will be conducted in the first phase, while elections to select panch and sarpanch will be conducted in the second phase,” said Bharadwaj.
He said that four polling officers will be deployed at each polling station.
“We have shared the list of polling stations with the police department. The cops will carry out a survey to select sensitive polling stations,” said Bharadwaj.
He said that though the voter list has been prepared, if someone has been left out, he/she could apply a week before the last date of filing of nomination of candidates,” said Bharadwaj.