85 percent polling has been recorded in Punjab gram panchayat elections that were held today to elect panches for 13080 Gram Panchayats and for 81412 wards.
Punjab State Election commissioner SS Brar said that polling in 12 wards and 3 gram panchayats was cancelled due to technical reason and the State Election Commission has decided to re-conduct polling in these constituencies.
“There was no report of any major untoward incident from any polling booths and it is for the first time in the history of the state that the gram panchayat election was conducted on the basis of wardwandi,” Brar said.
Brar said that polling will be re-conducted at Village Ghumanpura of district Amritsar(ward 1&2), Village Suchander (ward 7), Village Mirzapur of district Amritsar, Block sujanpur(ward 2), Village Jalalpur of district Patiala, Block Rajpura(ward 5),Village Bithoi Kalan(Sarpanch), Village Bithoi Kurad(ward 4,panch),Village Khang(Sarpanch),Village Kauli(panch ward 1),Village Ghandon Kalan of district Roopnagar(ward 3),Village Sohol of district Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (ward 4 & 6), Village Riyond Kalan of district Mansa, Block Bhudlada(ward 3), Village Sandhwan of district Gurdaspur, Block Sri Hargobindpur(ward 5),Village Kisan Singh wala of district Ferozpur (Booth 2),Village Shahwala of Cluster-6 Zira(whole Panchayat), Village Sarhali Khurad of district Tarn Taran, Block Nushiara Khurad(whole Panchayat),Village Fatehpur of district Fathegarh Sahib.
Brar added that voting was conducted at 18254 polling booths of 13172 polling stations and 52,000 police personnel were deputed to ensure the peaceful conduction of election in the state.
SS Brar had denied the media reports regarding photocopying of ballot papers and said that he contacted and received replies from all the 22 Deputy Commissioners/ ADC(D) through DO letters by fax received today itself, which are open for inspection.
“Each and every Deputy Commissioner has reported that ballot papers are serial numbered, these are accounted for and handed over to the Presiding Officers and the Presiding Officers as per Chapter 3 in the instructions book to the Presiding Officers as mentioned at Sr. No.5 will sign the counter foil and the ballot paper that will be issued to the voter,” Brar said, adding that it is totally baseless to say that photocopied or even a ballot paper printed at some other press could be used for polling.