The nomination process for the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency by-election began today with no candidate filing papers on the first day. The process began after a notification was issued, a spokesperson of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, said. No one filed nomination paper on day one, he said. "Nomination papers can be filed with the Returning Officer concerned between 11 am and 3 pm," the spokesperson said. He said that the last date of submission of nomination papers will be September 22 and scrutiny of papers will be done on September 25.
The last for the withdrawal of candidature is September 27. On October 11, polling will be held from 8 am to 5 pm, and counting of votes will be on October 15. He said that there will be no holiday on September 16, a Saturday, under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, therefore, nomination papers can be presented to the returning officer on that day. September 17, however, will be a holiday. Likewise, September 21 being a 'Agrasen Jayanti' is not a holiday under the Act and nomination papers can be presented, the spokesperson said. The Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the Gurdaspur and Pathankot from the date of announcement of the elections and shall remain in force till its completion, he said. The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-polls was necessitated following the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April.
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