Gurdaspur LS bypoll counting on Sunday

Chandigarh, Oct 13 (IANS) Counting of votes polled in the October 11 by-election to the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency will be held on Sunday and all arrangements have been made in this regard, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V.K. Singh said on Friday.

The counting will be done at counting centres in Gurdaspur and Pathankot towns.

“To ensure peaceful completion of the counting process, adequate security has been put in place. Unauthorised persons will not be allowed to enter the counting centres,” he said.

Over 56 per cent of the 15.22 lakh registered voters exercised their franchise for the seat, compared with over 70 per cent polling in the 2014 general elections.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Swarn Salaria, Congress’ Sunil Kumar Jakhar, and Aam Aadmi Party’s Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd) are the main contestants.

The seat fell vacant in April following the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, a four-time MP from the seat, due to cancer.

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