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Notification issued for conduct of elections on July 29, August 2 and 6

21,354 gram panchayats, 2.13 lakh wards to go to pollsResults to be declared same dayLast date for filing nominations is July 19

HYDERABAD: The State Election Commission (SEC) on Sunday issued notification for conduct of gram panchayat elections in three phases from July 29.

State Election Commissioner A.V.S. Reddy and Secretary G. N. Rao said elections to 21,354 out of 21,807 gram panchayats and 2,13,482 wards would be conducted on July 29, August 2 and 6. The Returning Officers would re-issue notification in the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act on July 15 and the day on which the electoral rolls would also be displayed.

The last date for filing of nominations is July 19 and scrutiny would be taken up the next day.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature is July 23.

Non-party basis

The elections would be held on non-party basis, Dr. Reddy saidand added that the same model code of conduct that was in force for the Mandal and Zilla Parishad elections would continue.

In the first phase, 6,545 gram panchayats and 65,846 wards would go to polls in 26 revenue divisions on July 29. The second phase would be conducted on August 2 in 7,886 GPs and 78,612 wards in 28 revenue divisions.

The final phase on July 6 would witness polls to 6,923 GPs and 69,024 wards in 25 revenue divisions.

The polling and declaration of results would be done the same day, Dr. Reddy said and informed that upa-sarpanch of the gram panchayat would also be elected on the same day.

In all, 3.89 crore voters would exercise their franchise.

The Election Commissioner said that any voter, whose name was missing from the rolls, could file a petition till July 15.

He said sufficient gap was given between each phase to enable officials and police personnel to make elaborate and foolproof security arrangements.

As the elections would be held at the onset of monsoon, sufficient time was given for arrangements to be made in the interior and inaccessible areas.

Welfare programmes

He reiterated that the Commission would review case-by-case request for continuation of welfare or development programmes.

In issues concerning the health and family welfare department, agriculture and rural employment, the Commission would dispose of requests on merit basis.

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