Punjab municipal elections 2017 live updates

Marco Green
December 17, 2017

The process of voting to elect representatives to three municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats started at 8 am and will end at 4 pm. Counting began shortly after voting ended.

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.

As per the state election commission (SEC), voting will take place at 873 polling stations in the state with 1,938 polling booths. A total of 769,153 voters were expected to exercise their franchise in Amritsar where 413 candidates are in the fray in 85 wards of the Municipal Corporation. In Jalandhar, there are 560,261 candidates to vote against 305 candidates of the 80 wards. In Patiala, election will be held in 57 wards in which 260,664 voters can exercise their franchise.

The BJP in its complaint alleged that Punjab Police which was deployed to ensure free and fair poling in Patiala, instead acted as workers of the ruling Congress party and indulged in booth-capturing in many wards. In Jalandhar, 30% voter turnout reported, while 25% in Amritsar.

The election for the municipal corporation of Punjab's largest city, Ludhiana, was not being held as the electoral rolls were not updated.

Nine months after the Punjab assembly elections which were claimed by Congress from SAD-BJP, the civic elections in the state are taking place. It will be interesting to see if the Congress can continue its winning streak in the state. The elections would also mark the debut of "None Of The Above" option in civic bodies polls. The state election commission also reserved 50 per cent seats for women this election. The AAP finished second with 20 seats.

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