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Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee’s first general election to be held on March 6

Election to be held in all 40 wards across the state

2024 2largeimg 1106045035CHANDIGARH: Elections to the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) will be held on March 6, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday.

Commissioner of gurdwara elections Justice HS Bhalla (retd) released the schedule for the first general election of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee in all 40 wards across the state, it said.

The notice inviting nominations will be published on February 9, according to the schedule.

Following this, nominations can be filed from February 10 to 16 — except on February 11 (Sunday) and February 14 (a gazetted holiday). The scrutiny of nominations will be carried out on February 17, the statement said.

If a candidate’s nomination is rejected by the returning officer, an application can be submitted to the deputy commissioner concerned by February 19 following which a decision will be rendered by February 20, according to it.

The list of valid nominations will be published on the same day, February 20. Candidates can withdraw their nominations the following day, the statement said.

The list of polling stations will be released on February 23. Polling, if required, will take place on March 6 and the polling hours will be from 8 am to 5 pm, it said.

Following the conclusion of the voting process, votes will be counted immediately and the results declared the same day.

A separate committee to manage affairs of gurdwaras in Haryana was formed in 2022 after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014.

Thereafter, the Haryana government had nominated an ad hoc gurdwara panel, Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC), whose tenure was to expire in 18 months.

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