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3 corporations, 32 local bodies election in Punjab on December 17 

Chandigarh: Elections to three Municipal Corporations and 32 local bodies in the state, including municipal councils and nagar panchayats, will be held on December 17, the state Election Commissioner Jagpal Singh Sandhu said while addressing a press conference here on Thursday.Importantly, the election results to all 60 wards in Patiala, 80 wards in Jalandhar and 85 wards in Amritsar will be declared on the same day. Election will be conducted on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).Elections will be conducted with 50 per cent reservation for women.Sandhu said, “The list of reserved wards has already been circulated. The reservation list for wards for women will have a separate list of reservation based on the specified criteria like caste.”Filing of nominations will begin from December 2 till December 6. The lists will be scrutinised on December 7. After withdrawal on December 8, the final list of candidates will be displayed on December 8.Sandhu said as many as six returning officers will be appointed for Patiala corporation election, seven for Jalandhar and eight for Amritsar.Election expenditure of candidates for corporations has been increased from Rs 2.07 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh, Class I councils from Rs 1.84 lakh to Rs 2.25 lakh, Class II town from Rs 1.15 lakh to Rs 1.40 lakh and Class III town from Rs 98000 to Rs 1.20 lakh. The election expenditure for nagar panchayats has been increased from Rs 69,000 to Rs 85,000.The polling exercise will be carried out in 3200 polling stations and at least 4000 EVMs have been earmarked for the exercise.Voters who are 18 years of age on January 1, 2017 are already enlisted as voters.Those whose names do not feature in the voters list can get their votes made till the last date of nomination (December 6).DGP VK Bhavra will be in-charge of the security arrangements.Voting will be conducted between 8 am and 4 pm. The election process will be completed by December 20, Sandhu added.In reply to a question on the date of election for the Ludhiana municipal corporation, Election Commissioner Sandhu said “a call will be taken by the state government”.

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