CEO announces Lok Sabha elections’ schedule for Punjab

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Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab V K Singh addressing the media at Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Chandigarh, March 5, 2014: The Election Commission of India (ECI) today announced the schedule of General elections to be held for 13 Lok Sabha constituencies of Punjab.
Disclosing this here today, V.K. Singh, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab said that according to the schedule, elections in Punjab for 13 Lok Sabha constituencies would be held on April 30, 2014.
Issuing the schedule, he said that notification would be issued on April 2, 2014 and last date for the filing of nomination would be April 9. The nominations would be screened on April 10 and last date of withdrawal would be April 12, 2014. The date of Polling would be April 30 and counting would be held on May 16, 2014. The election process would be completed by May 28, 2014.
He said that with the announcement of general elections by ECI, model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect.
Schedule of elections in Punjab is as under:

Sr. No.

Activity

Date

1

Issue of Notification

02.04.2014

Wednesday

2.

Last date for filing Nominations

09.04.2014

Wednesday

3.

Scrutiny of Nominations

10.04.2014

Thursday

4.

Last date of withdrawal of Candidature

12.04.2014

Saturday

5.

Date of Poll

30.04.2014

Wednesday

6.

Counting of votes

16.05.2014

Friday

7.

Date before which the elections shall be completed

28.05.2014

Wednesday

The following Deputy Commissioners are Returning Officers for the Parliamentary Constituency mentioned against:

No. & Name of the Parliamentary Constituency

Returning Officer for Parliamentary Constituency

1

Gurdaspur

Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur

2

Amritsar

Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar

3

Khadoor Sahib

Deputy Commissioner, Tarn Taran

4

Jalandhar (SC)

Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar

5

Hoshiarpur (SC)

Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur

6

Anandpur Sahib

Deputy Commissioner, Rup Nagar

7

Ludhiana

Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana

8

Fatehgarh Sahib (SC)

Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib

9

Faridkot (SC)

Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot

10

Firozpur

Deputy Commissioner, Firozpur

11

Bathinda

Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda

12

Sangrur

Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur

13

Patiala

Deputy Commissioner, Patiala

Immediately after the announcement of the elections by the Commission the model code of conduct comes into force with immediate effect (05.03.2014) and will be in force till the completion of the election process. As per the instructions of the ECI:-

According to the Model Code of Conduct Members of Paliament inclduing Rajya Sabha members have been barred from fresh realese of funds including local area development funds in any part of the country. Similarly, all MLAs have been barred to realease funds under MLA local area development funds till the completion of election process. He added that no work shall start in respect of which work orders have been issued before the issue of this letter but work has actually not started in the field. He said that these works would only start after the completion of election process. However if the work has actually started this can continue. He clarified that there shall be no bar on realese of payments for completed works subject to satisfaction of concerened officers.

Cautioning Ministers not to combine their official visit with electioneering work the CEO said that Home Minister shall combine their official visit with political campaigning and shall not make use of official machinery of personal during electioneering work. Government transport including official aircrafts, vehicles machinery and personnel shall not be used for furtherance of interest of the party in power.

The CEO said that Public places such as maidans for holding election meetings and use of helipads for airflights in connection with elections shall not be monopolized by itself. Other parties and candidates shall be allowed the use of such places and facilities on the same terms and conditions on which they are used by the party in power.

Rest houses, Dak Bungalows or other Government accommodation where elections have been announced or are taking place can be given to the political functionaries who are provided security by the State in Z scale or above or equivalent by various State Governments or the Central Government under provisions of their laws, on equitable basis. This shall be subject to condition that such accommodation is not already allotted or occupied by election related officials or Observers. Such political functionaries shall not carry out any political activity while staying in the Government Guest Houses/Rent Houses or other Government accommodation etc.

Issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and publicity regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided.

Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction grants/payments out of discretionary funds from the time elections are announced by the Commission and from the time elections are announced by Commission, Ministers and other authorities shall not announce any financial grants in any form or promises thereof, (except civil servants) lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of any kind or make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc or make any ad-hoc appointments in Government, Public Undertakings etc. which may have the effect of influencing the voters in favour of the party in power.

No advertisement shall be issued in electronic and print media highlighting the achievements of the Government at the cost of public exchequer. If any advertisement has already been released for telecast/broadcast or publication in the print media, it must be ensured that the telecast/broadcast of such ads on electronic media is stopped forthwith and that no such ad is published in any newspapers, magazines etc. i.e. in print media, from today itself and it should be immediately withdrawn.

The instruction of the Commission contained in its letter No.437/6/2009-CCBE dated 5th March, 2009 is available on the Commission's web-site "http://eci.nic.in/ under the heading 'Election Laws and ECI- instructions' for your information and necessary action.

The Commission directs that there shall be a total ban on the transfer of all officers/officials connected with the conduct of the election. These include but are not restricted to the Chief Electoral Officer and Additional/Joint/Deputy Chief Electoral Officers, Divisional Commissioners, the District Election Officers, Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and other Revenue Officers connected with the Conduct of Election, Officers of the Police Department connected with the management of election like range IGs and DIGs, Senior Superintendents of Police and Superintendents of Police, Sub-Divisional Police Officers like Deputy Superintendents of Police and other Police Officers who are deputed to the Commission under section 28A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

The transfer orders issued in respect of the above categories of officers prior to the date of announcement but not implemented till date should not be given effect to without obtaining specific permission from the Commission in this regard.

This ban shall be effective till the completion of the election. The Commission further directs that the State Governments should refrain from making transfers of senior officers who have a role in the management of election in the Stae.

In those cases where transfer of an officer is necessary on account of administrative exigencies, the concerned State Government may with full justification approach the Commission for prior clearance.

State at a Glance

§        Smallest and Largest Constituencies-

·        By Area

 

By Area

Name of Constituency

Area (in square kilometers)

Smallest

07-Ludhiana

1997.64

Largest

11-Bathinda

5842.13

 

·        By Size of Electorate

 

By Size of Electorate

Name of Constituency

Size of Electorate

Smallest

08-Fatehgarh Sahib

1373898

Largest

13-Patiala

1544562

 

·        Electors  (Status of electors as on 06.01.2014 )

 

Male

Female

Total

10112873

9094357

19207230

·        Polling station locations

Urban

Rural

Total

2627

10947

13574

·        Polling stations

Urban

Rural

Total

6494

15463

21957

·        NRI Voters

Male

Female

Total

81

57

138

·        Sensitive Parliamentary Constituencies

§                  01-Gurdaspur

§                  02-Amritsar

§                  10-Firozpure

§                  11-Bathinda

§                  13-Patiala

Date: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014