New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has rescheduled the date of General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of the State of Punjab.
Instead of February 14, 2022; now the polling will be held on February 20, 2022.
In a press release, the Commission said the decision to reschedule the election has been taken at the request of several political parties from Punjab.
Commission has received several representations from State Government, Political Parties, and other organizations drawing attention regarding the movement of a large number of devotees from Punjab to Varanasi for participation in Sri Guru Ravidas Ji Jayanti celebrations, which is observed on 16th February 2022, the release said.
It added that they have also brought to the notice that a large number of devotees start moving for Varanasi around a week before the day of celebration and keeping the poll day on 14th February 2022 will deprive a large number of electors from voting.
“In view of this, they have requested to shift the poll date few days after 16th February 2022. Commission has also taken inputs from State Government and Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab in this regard. After considering these new facts emerging out of these representations, inputs from the State Government and Chief Electoral Officer, past precedence and all facts and circumstances in the matter, now Commission has decided to reschedule the General Elections to Legislative Assembly of Punjab.”
Following is the new schedule:
1. Date of Notification: 25th January 2022 (Tuesday)
2. Last date of Nomination: 1st February 2022 (Tuesday)
3. Date of Scrutiny: 2nd February 2022 (Wednesday)
4. Date of Withdrawal: 4th February 2022 (Friday)
5. Date of Poll: 20th February 2022 (Sunday).
The counting of votes will be March 10, 2022 (Thursday). (Press Release)