Ludhiana, Dec 4: The State Election Commission of Punjab has announced elections for three municipal corporations and 32 Nagar Councils and Nagar Panchayats in the state on December 17. The elections come eight months after the Congress came to power in the state after winning Punjab Assembly Elections earlier this year and will, therefore, be a crucial test for Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The voting for Punjab civic elections 2017 will take place on Electronic Voting Machines on December 17 and counting of votes will also take place on the same day.

The civic polls in the state are going to be a three-way battle with Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party in the fray. While the SAD and BJP have reached a seat sharing consensus for Amritsar Municipal Corporation Election, the AAP is set to announce its list of candidates for the polls soon.

Here are key things you need to know about Punjab Local Body Elections 2017

Elections will take place for 3 Municipal Corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala and 32 Nagar Councils/Nagar Panchayats. There is no word on elections for Ludhiana Municipal Corporation yet.

The Nagar Councils/Nagar Panchayat going to polls are: Rajasansi (Amritsar), Handiaya (Barnala), Amloh (Fatehgarh Sahib), Mallanwala Khas and Makhu (Ferozepur), Bhogpur, Shahkot, Goraya and Bilga (Jalandhar), Dhilwan, Begowal and Bhulath (Kapurthala), Machhiwara, Mullanpur Dakha, Maloud and Sahnewal (Ludhiana), Baghapurana, Dharamkot and Panjtoor (Moga), Bariwala (Muktsar), Ghagga and Ghanour (Patiala), Narot Jaimal Singh (Pathankot), Dirba, Cheema, Ghanouri and Moonak (Sangrur), Khemkaran (Tarntaran), Bhikhi (Mansa), Balachaur (S.B.S. Nagar), Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda) and Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur).

Polling booths: The State Election Commission has set up 3200 polling stations across the state: 756 polling stations in Amritsar Municipal Corporation, 563 in Jalandhar and 254 in Patiala. In Barnala 13, in Bathinda 15, in Ferozepur 19, in Fatehgarh Sahib 13, in Hoshiarpur 13, in Kapurthala 37, in Ludhiana 70, in Moga 35, in Mansa 13, in Muktsar Sahib 11, in Pathankot 11, in Sangrur 52, in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and in Tarntaran 13 polling stations have been set up.

Expenditure limit: State Election Commissioner, Punjab, Jagpal Singh Sandhu said that the expenditure limit for a candidate contesting from a ward of the corporations has been fixed at Rs 2,50,000 lakh. The limit for those contesting from a ward of the nagar councils coming under class-1 has been fixed at Rs 2,25,000. The nagar councils coming under class-2 would have the expenditure limit of Rs 1,40,000 for a candidate contesting from any of its ward while the candidates contesting from any of the wards of nagar councils falling under class-3 would have to adhere to the expenditure limit of Rs 1,20,000. Similarly, the candidates contesting from any ward of the nagar panchayats would have the expenditure limit of Rs 80,000.

Dates to remember: The last date of filing nominations is December 6, 3 pm. The nominations would be scrutinised on December 7 while the date for withdrawal of the nominations would be December 8. Election symbols will be allotted to candidates on December 8. Polling will take place on December 17 from 8 am to 4 pm. Counting of votes will take place soon after polling ends on the same day, i.e., December 17 itself.

The model code of conduct has come into place in the areas going to polls. Those whose names do not feature in the voters list can get their voter cards made till December 6.

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