In Haryana, notification for the Lok Sabha elections will be issued on April 29 - CEO

In Haryana, notification for the Lok Sabha elections will be issued on April 29 - CEO

Chandigarh. Haryana Chief Electoral Officer,  Anurag Agarwal said that the notification for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha general elections in Haryana will be issued on April 29 for the elections scheduled to be held on May 25. The Returning Officer will issue public notice before the commencement of the nomination process well before 11 a.m. The deadline for filing nominations will be May 6, 2024.

Agarwal  shared this while holding a review meeting with department officers regarding election management. He said that public notices will be issued in English and the official language of the State. Notice to be displayed on the notice board of RO, AROs, and in other prominent public offices such as panchayat samitis, gram panchayats, etc.

 Agarwal shared that nomination papers can be submitted by candidates or their proposers in the office of the Returning Officer or Assistant Returning Officer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. He said that a maximum of three vehicles in the convoy of a candidate or accompanying him to be allowed to  come within a periphery of 100 meters of ROs, AROs office. Maximum five persons (including the candidate) can be allowed to enter the office of Returning officer or Assistant Returning Officers.

Agarwal that any violation of this instruction at the time of filing nomination papers will be seriously viewed by the Commission, and actions will be taken against DEO/RO or such other person including candidate and or his party responsible for violation.

The nomination process will be videographed. Continuous/unedited Videography in the last hour of filing nominations, i.e. 2 p.m. onwards on the last day,will be done. The Returning Officer will ensure the safekeeping of videography and all documents, said Haryana Chief Electoral Officer.

He said that candidates contesting elections under the Representation of the People Act, 1951, are required to deposit security. For Lok Sabha elections, this amount is Rs. 25,000, and for assembly elections, it is Rs. 10,000. This amount is halved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

The Chief Electoral Officer clarified that the security amount must be deposited either in cash before the Returning Officer or Assistant Returning Officer or in Reserve Bank of India/ Treasury. No deposit is acceptable by cheque or Bank draft. He said that the deposit to be made when filing the first set of nominations or prior to it.

The Returning Officer will ensure that nomination papers are not received outside the stipulated hours. The Chief Electoral Officer said that for recognized national or state political parties, there should be one proposer, and there should be 10 proposers for all other candidates and candidates from recognized political parties of other states. Proposers must be electors of the constituency concerned, said Sh. Agarwal.


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