Punjab Civic Elections 2017: Polling In Amritsar, Jalandhar And Patiala

| December 17 , 2017 , 15:46 IST

Amid tight security, polling for the Punjab municipal elections has ended in three corporations including Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala and 29 municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats.

Voting began at 8 am and ended at 4 pm, confirmed a spokesman of the State Election Commission said in Chandigarh. The elections are contested by the ruling party Congress, the SAD-BJP and the AAP.

Almost 925 candidates are contesting in the elections for the three municipal corporations. Over 8,000 election staff members and 15,500 police personnel have been deployed at polling stations.

The state has a total of 873 polling stations and has 1,938 polling booths. There are 154 polling stations in Amritsar which have been declared sensitive among the total 366 while 136 stations have been categorised as very sensitive.

Following the similar trend, 344 polling booths in Jalandhar out of the 554 have been declared sensitive whereas 31 are under the very sensitive category. A spokesman confirmed that the Election Commission has ordered videography of the 103 hyper-sensitive wards.

The polling in respect of 222 wards out of 225 wards of 3 municipal corporations and 327 wards of 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats took place on Sunday.

Nine months after the Punjab assembly elections which were claimed by Congress from SAD-BJP, the civic elections in the state are taking place. The elections would also mark the debut of 'None Of The Above' option in civic bodies polls.