The Punjab Election Commission (EC) on Friday said that the civic polls would be held in 222 out of 225 wards of three Municipal Corporations and 327 wards of the 29 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats on 17 December.

With regard to the 90 wards, the candidates have won unopposed and out of these three candidates belong to the Patiala Municipal Corporation and 87 to the Municipal Councils and the Nagar Panchayats. An official spokesperson said there would be a total of 873 polling stations in the state having 1,938 polling booths. A total of 8,000 election staff and 15,500 police personnel would perform duties at these polling stations.

Elaborating more, the spokesperson said that 413 candidates are in the fray in 85 wards of Amritsar where 7,69,153 voter would exercise their franchise. Out of these 4,08,231 are male while 3,60,922 are female.

The spokesperson also said that 3,000 officials would perform duties as electoral staff at 366 booths and 4,686 police personnel would perform various security related tasks.

A total of 305 candidates are in the fray from 80 wards of Jalandhar where 5,60,261 voters would cast their votes including 2,90,617 male and 2,69,644 females. There would be 262 polling stations and 554 polling booths in Jalandhar where 2,300 electoral staff and 2,355 police personnel would be deployed.

Similarly, the polls would be conducted in 57 out of total 60 wards of Municipal Corporation Patiala and 245 polling booths have been established in 68 polling stations. A total of 1016 electoral staff and 1,711 police personnel would be deployed and 2,60,664 voters would cast their vote including 1,35,487 male and 1,25,177 females.

Divulging further, the spokesperson said that the polls are also being conducted in 29 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats having total 327 wards. There are 2,68,909 voters which include 1,39,695 male and 1,29,214 females.

A total of 1,350 electoral staff apart from 6,500 police personnel would perform duty in these polls.