Himachal Pradesh Panchayat Election Result 2021: All you need to know
Shimla, Jan 18: The first phase of Panchayati Raj Institution elections was held on Sunday in Himachal Pradesh. The elections are being conducted in three phases and the voting for the second and third phase will be carried out on January 19 and 21, respectively.
In the first phase, the voting in 1,227 gram panchayats was held from 8 am to 4 pm. The candidates are contesting the elections as independents and not on party symbols this time.
The electoral officer stated that as many as 7,583 polling parties ensured smooth conduct of voting in the first phase. The counting of votes for the ward members, deputy village heads and village heads will be conducted soon after completion of voting.
Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh government has declared a public holiday on all three days in view of the polling for the panchayat elections. The counting of votes for members of the Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad will be conducted on January 22.
"The Governor, Himachal Pradesh is pleased to declare January 17, 2021. Sunday (if necessary) January 19, 2021 (Tuesday) and January 21, 2021 (Thursday) as a public holiday in Himachal Pradesh on account of the general election to Panchayati Raj Institutions (in the areas of those Panchayati Raj Institutions where the election are scheduled to be held) on the respective dates (in case poll is held)," read an order from the Himachal Pradesh government.
According to the order, it will also be a paid holiday to daily wages employees and also within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act 1881.
However, it is clarified that special casual leave may be given to those employees who are working in different places in the State but have a right to vote in Panchayati Raj Institutions, on the production of a certificate from the concerned Presiding Officer that the employee has actually cast his/her vote, it added.