Chandigarh Civic polls likely to be held on December 18

During the last polls, the voter turnout was 58 per cent. The Election Commission aims at bringing the voter turnout to more than 60 per cent this year.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:November 1, 2016 4:14 am

The municipal corporation elections are likely to be held between December 18 and December 20. The exact date for the polls would be announced by the State Election Commissioner on November 15, the day the code of conduct would come into force.
Sources said the polls are likely to be held on December 18, which is a Sunday. Since most of the government schools have been turned into polling booths, December 18 is being considered as the date for the elections.

However, the officials said the date would be finalised only after consulting the police department and other administration officials.

A press conference would be held by the State Election Commissioner on November 15 in this regard. State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said: \”Several things have to be taken into consideration like the arrangements of heavy police force, at polling booths and other issues. So, the date can be finalised only after consulting the administration and the police.”

To increase the voter percentage, the Election Commission has also decided to send slips to voters to encourage them to vote in the municipal corporation elections.

Till now, the political parties have been doing this for the convenience of the voters. However, this would be the first time the Election Commission would take the initiative.

During the last polls, the voter turnout was 58 per cent. The Election Commission aims at bringing the voter turnout to more than 60 per cent this year.

Awareness campaigns would be carried out to increase the voters. Advertisements, publicity and promotion campaigns would be carried out this time to encourage voters to poll their votes.

Also, a decision on organising public media campaigns for increasing the polling percentage this year would be taken. Some organisations have given presentations to the Election Commission in this regard, but a final call on which agency would be assigned the job is yet to be taken.