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Nominations can be filed from today

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: April 11, 2009 1:27 am

Nominations for the first phase of elections in Punjab will begin tomorrow. Elections in Ferozepur,Bathinda,Sangrur and Patiala parliamentary constituencies are scheduled to take place in the first phase on May 7. The remaining constituencies will go to polls in the second phase. The process of filing nomination will end on April 18,while April 22 will be the last date of withdrawal.

The election office said polling would take place from 7 am to 5 pm. Counting will take place on May 16. The office said nominations can be filed on April 14 also,which is a holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

Meanwhile,the Akali Dal today complained to the EC against Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira for using a red light atop his car.

In another complaint,the Punjab Congress today alleged misuse of official machinery by the Akali-BJP alliance. A delegation of the Congress met CEO Kusumjit Sidhu and alleged that the state government,at the behest of the ruling alliance,had commissioned a survey which was being conducted by officials to profile the voters of Punjab. The employees have been issued performa,which has columns of caste,religion,social background and the political leanings.

The complaint alleged that the government has deputed officers throughout the state for an on-the-spot assessment of voters’ profile. The complaint alleged that list of voters who could be “lured” was also being sought.

POLL SCHEDULE
* Nominations begin: April 11
* Last date for making nominations: April 18
* Date of scrutiny of nominations: April 20
* Last date for withdrawal of candidature: April 22
* Date of polling: May 7
* Date of counting: May 16

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