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MC poll on December 18 in Chandigarh, results after 2 days

The Chandigarh state election commissioner on Tuesday announced that municipal corporation elections for 26 wards will be held on December 18, results of which will be declared two days later.

punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2016 13:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Municipal Corporation,polls,December 18
(HT File Photo)

The Chandigarh state election commissioner on Tuesday announced that municipal corporation elections for 26 wards will be held on December 18, results of which will be declared two days later.

With this announcement, the election code of conduct has come into force from November 15. The elections will be held on the basis of the 2011 census.

Also, photographs (black and white) of candidates will be affixed on electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the first time.

State election commissioner Rakesh Mehta said defacement of property will be dealt with strictly during the municipal polls this time and violators can land in jail for a year, besides facing a fine of up to Rs 50, 000 .

“A special squad has been formed to remove banners or posters,” Mehta said.

About the use of messages and videos during the campaign, Mehta said, “We do not have any control on social media and moreover it does not cost anything.”

Officers in charge

The state election commission has appointed seven returning officers: Nishu Nee Namrata Singal, UT director social welfare, Ranjit Kaur, UT director rural development and panchayats, Navjot Kaur, UT DPRO, SK Jain, UT additional inspector general prisons, Rakesh Kumar Popli, UT director-cum-joint secretary, technical education, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, UT additional secretary employment and Rubinderjit Singh Brar, deputy director school ( DSE schools).

State election commissioner Rakesh Mehta during a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Jitender Yadav, director higher education, Kriti Garg, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM south) and Tapasya Raghav, SDM (east) have been appointed as election observers.

Ashwani Dogra, deputy controller (F&A), director higher education, Gulshan Mehta, deputy controller (F&A), Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and Vijay Kumar Vij, assistant controller (F&A) director higher education have been appointed as election expenditure observers.

Poll panel gets strict on defacement

The UT state election commissioner said they have decided to implement the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act (Delhi Act 1 of 2009) instead of the West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1976, to curb defacement during elections this time.

The Act will extend to all properties instead of just government buildings as was the case earlier, said Rakesh Mehta .

Under the Delhi Act, which was recently put in place during the Delhi state polls, whoever defaces any property in public view by writing or marking with ink, chalk, paint or any other material except for the purpose of indicating the name and address of the owner or occupier of such property shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term that may extend to one year or with fine that may extend to Rs 50,000, or with both. If caught for the second time, the violator will have to pay up to Rs 1 lakh immediately.

The police department will be responsible for enforcing the act and as the offence under it is cognisable and the violator can be arrested without a warrant.

The West Bengal legislation, which was earlier enforced during the municipal polls, was lenient, with a fine of only Rs 1,000 or a jail term of six months.

First Published: Nov 16, 2016 13:17 IST