801 Punjab poll nominations rejected

After scrutiny, as many as 1,253 candidates remain in the fray for the Punjab Assembly elections scheduled this month-end.

They will vie for 117 Assembly seats. According to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Punjab, a total of 2,054 nomination were received, of which 801 have been rejected.

Jalalabad constituency, from where Sukhbir Singh Badal is contesting, has 23 candidates in fray — the maximum from a single constituency in the state.

 The Attari seat has recorded a minimum of four candidates in the fray. An EC official said candidates can withdraw their nominations by January 16.

Since 801 nominations were rejected, there are only 1,253 candidates in the fray. Most of the nominations were rejected as the forms were not complete or documents were not submitted before the returning officers.

Shiromani Akali Dal president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is seeking re-election from Jalalabad in Ferozepur district.

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