Two days after announcing the municipal poll results, the Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra, on Monday announced the schedule for the nine-phase panchayat elections beginning November 17.
Addressing a press conference, the Chief Electoral Officer said the elections would be held for 316 blocks in 4,483 Panchayat Halqas comprising 35,029 Panch constituencies.
“The polling will be held on November 17, 20, 24, 27, 29, December 1, December 4, December 8, and December 11,” he said.
The dates of notification would be October 23, 26, 29, December 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 14, respectively, he said.
The dates of scrutiny of nominations will be October 31, and November 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 17, 20, and 24.
Kabra said the last dates for withdrawal of candidature would be November 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, and 26.
The number of electorate in panchayat polls, he said, would be 58,54,208.
He said the counting of votes would be done on the day of polling and in some cases, if required, the counting would take place the next day.
The Chief Electoral Officer said the voting would be done with ballot papers.
“In view of recent amendments making direct election to sarpanch, the electors shall cast their votes for panch as well as sarpanch, for which two separate coloured ballot papers will be used,” he said.
He announced that poll timing would be from 8 am to 2 pm and entire polls process would be completed by December 17.
Asked about the reduction in polling time, he said there would be less voters in panchayat polls than the urban local body elections.
For the panchayat polls, he said that ballot boxes are being brought from Haryana.
About the apprehensions about security being raised by the aspiring candidates, he said, “Appropriate security arrangements are being put in place to ensure peaceful elections.