Punjab Municipal Elections 2017 Results: Congress Sweeps Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar MCs, Wins 29 Nagar Councils/Nagar Panchayats
Amritsar, Dec 17: Counting of votes for Punjab Municipal Elections 2017 took place today. Voting began for three municipal corporations and 32 Nagar Councils and Nagar Panchayat at 8 am today and ended at 4 pm. Counting began shortly after voting ended. Elections took place for Amritsar Municipal Corporation, Patiala Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar Municipal Corporation and 32 Nagar Councils and Nagar Panchayats in 17 districts. These are highlights on Punjab Civic Poll results to know who got elected as mayors, councillors and chairpersons.
The Punjab State Election Commission said that 873 polling stations were set up in the state, having 1,938 polling booths. A total of 769,153 voters were expected to exercise their franchise in Amritsar where 413 candidates are in the fray in 85 wards of the Municipal Corporation. In Jalandhar, 305 candidates are in the fray for 80 wards. The election was held in 57 wards in Patiala in which 260,664 voters were expected to cast their votes.
In 2012, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance had swept the civic polls in Punjab. The alliance had bagged 48 wards in the Amritsar Municipal Corporation, 38 in Patiala, 35 in Jalandhar and over 40 in Ludhiana. However, this year, elections were held in three municipal corporations. It is being said that voting for Ludhiana Municipal Corporation was not held due to delay in voters’ registration process.
Also, these polls come months after the Congress came to power in the state after the Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 and Captain Amarinder Singh took over as the Chief Minister. It will be interesting to see if the Congress can continue its winning streak in the state. The Aam Aadmi Party is also in the fray, contesting civic polls in Punjab for the first time.
Elections were held through EVMs also having the NOTA option. The state election commission also reserved 50 per cent seats for women this election.