Rajendar Bhattacharya, the H.P. State Election Commissioner announced today that with the powers vested in HPSEC under 160 of the Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 and Rule 32 of H.P. Panchayati Raj (Election) Rules, 1994, the State Election Commission Himachal Pradesh notifies the election programme for the conduct of by-election in order to fill up the vacant seats in Panchayati Raj Institutions of Himachal Pradesh.
The nomination papers can be filed on 3rd, 4th and 5th July, 2008 (between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), meanwhile those filing for office bearer of Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad can be filed at the places and before the officers appointed by the District Election Officers (P). The scrutiny of nomination papers would be on 7th July, 2008 (from 10 a.m. onwards) and withdrawal of candidature can be done on 9th July, 2008 (between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
The list of contesting candidates and symbols allotted to them plus the list of polling stations shall be published and pasted on or before 3rd July, 2008. The counting of votes for Members and Pradhans of Gram Panchayats would be taken up immediately after the close of the poll at the Gram Panchayat Headquarters. She said that the counting of votes for members of Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad shall be taken up on 22.07.2008 at respective block headquarters and counting once started shall continue (for constituency) until it is completed. The result of election of Zila Parishad member shall be declared in accordance with the provisions contained in rule 75 (vi) of the H.P. Panchayati Raj (Election) Rules, 1994. The process of election shall be completed by 25th July, 2008.