Voter turnout till 10 am
Kapurthala: Voters of Gill Pind protest during panchayat elections in Sultanpur Lodhi
Voting stopped in Bhatiyan village on the outskirts of Ludhiana after a tiff between voters and a candidate
14.20 per cent voter turnout recorded till 10am in Faridkot district
Voting for panchayat polls begins in Punjab
Polling begins on a positive note in Punjab amid heavy security as people queue up to cast their vote in over 13,000 villages on Sunday. Long queues were seen in Majitha Halka in Amritsar and Ludhiana .
Amid a cold wave sweeping the state, the voting for panchayat elections began across Punjab’s rural belt on Sunday.
The State Election Commission (SEC) officials said over 1.27 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the panchayat elections between 8AM till 4 PM. The polling is being held for 13,276 panchayats.
The State Election Commission has set up 17,268 polling booths and 86,340 personnel are deputed on duty.
According to state Election Commission authorities, 210,494 nominations were received for panchayat elections. This includes 48,111 nominations for sarpanchs (village head) and 162,383 for panches (village council member). For panches, out of 83,831 posts, 17,811 seats are for SCs, 12,634 for SC women, 22,690 for general category women, 4,381 for Backward Classes and 26,315 seats for general category. The poll body had fixed Rs 30,000 as expenditure limit for a candidate contesting for the post of sarpanch and Rs 20,000 for panch.