Election Commission extended the date of Punjab elections, now polling will be held in the state on February 20

New Delhi: The Election Commission has decided to postpone the assembly elections in Punjab on February 14 by a week to February 20. Due to Guru Ravidas Jayanti being on February 14, the CM of Pambaj and BJP had written to the Election Commission requesting to extend the date.

The election body today held a meeting to discuss the requests made by political leaders of several parties to defer next month’s assembly elections in the state. The commission said it decided to defer the election after taking inputs from the state government and the Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab.

In a statement, the Election Commission said, “The Commission has received several requests from the State Government, political parties and other organizations regarding the movement of a large number of devotees from Punjab to Varanasi to participate in the Sri Guru Ravidas Ji Jayanti celebrations. which is celebrated on 16 February 2022. It was also brought to notice that a large number of devotees start walking for Varanasi about a week before the day of celebration and the polling day is on 14 February 2022. A large number of voters will be deprived of voting due to this. In view of this, they have requested for change of date.

It said, “Now the Commission has decided to reschedule the General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Punjab in the following manner: Date of Notification: 25 January 2022 (Tuesday). Last Date of Nomination: 1 February 2022 (Tuesday), Date of Scrutiny : 2 February 2022 (Wednesday), return date: 4 February 2022 (Friday) and date of voting: 20 February 2022 (Sunday).” However, the counting of votes will take place on March 10.

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit S Channi recently wrote to the Election Commission urging it to postpone the assembly elections for six days in view of the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas. Channi, in his letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, said that it was brought to his notice that some representatives of the Scheduled Caste community, who contribute about 32 per cent of the state’s population, fall on February 16, the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas. .

On this occasion a large number of scheduled caste devotees (about 20 lakh) from the state are expected to go to Banaras in Uttar Pradesh from February 10 to 16. In such a situation, the people of this community will not be able to cast their vote for the state assembly. Which is their constitutional right. .

“It is considered appropriate that the polling for the 2022 Punjab Assembly Elections may be postponed for at least six days, allowing about 20 lakh people to exercise their right to vote for the State Assembly,” he said.

Besides Channi, BJP and Punjab Lok Congress had also requested the Election Commission to postpone the Punjab Assembly elections in view of the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas. Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Punjab chief Jasvir Singh Garhi had also demanded the Election Commission to hold elections between February 14 and February 20.

first published:Jan. 17, 2022, 2:41 p.m.



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