Lucknow, July 6: The State Election Commission of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday issued notification for by-elections to elect 10 zilla panchayat chairpersons and 26 block heads. The nomination process for the by-election of 26 block heads will begin on July 14. The polling will take place on July 16, followed by counting of votes the same day, announced the SEC. For 10 zilla panchayat chairpersons, nomination have to be filed on July 17, while polling and counting of votes would be on July 23.

The election for new zilla panchayat chairpersons is being held in Kaushambi, Ghazipur, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Rampur and Lakhimpur Kheri, following the resignation of sitting chairpersons. In Auraiya, Farrukhabad, Mau and Sant Kabirnagar, by-election are taking place after sitting chairpersons lost majority support after a no-confidence motion was moved against them.

The by-elections will be held in 26 blocks in different districts of Uttar Pradesh. The by-election is called after 14 block heads failed to prove majority during no-confidence motions and 10 block heads resigned. Vacancies in two blocks were created due to the deaths of the sitting block heads.