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Paid holiday on polling day

Employers to face action for denying leave, says DEO

Paid holiday on polling day

District Election Officer Dr Himanshu Aggarwal leads a flag march in the Jalandhar West constituency on Monday. Malkiat Singh



Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 8

District Election Officer Dr Himanshu Aggarwal said there would be a paid holiday for all employees and workers of the Jalandhar West Assembly constituency to enable them to vote in the bypoll on July 10. This directive follows the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

In figures

  • Voting for the bypoll would be held from 7 am to 6 pm on July 10
  • The constituency has a total of 171,963 eligible voters, comprising 89,629 males, 82,326 females and eight third-gender voters
  • The voters will be able to cast their votes at 181 designated polling booths throughout the constituency

Dr Aggarwal emphasised that all employees, including those in government offices, boards, corporations and educational institutions, who are voters in the constituency, were eligible for a special leave. This leave would not be deducted from their accumulated leaves.

A paid holiday will be granted to voters employed in businesses, trades, industries, factories, shops, commercial establishments and industrial undertakings. The DEO warned that strict action would be taken against any employer who refused to grant leave to voters on the polling day.

“The measure has been taken to ensure maximum participation in the voting process, allowing people to exercise their democratic right freely,” said Dr Aggarwal. This initiative aims at facilitate higher voter turnout and ensure that all eligible voters in the constituency have the opportunity to cast their ballots.

Flag march

Jalandhar: District Election Officer Dr Himanshu Aggarwal on Monday led a flag march of Armed Forces in the Jalandhar West Assembly Constituency ahead of the bypoll on July 10. Starting from the Model House area, Dr Aggarwal, accompanied by Armed Forces personnel, traversed several parts of the constituency, including interiors of the assembly segment. Dr Aggarwal said the flag march was a strategic measure to reassure voters of the district administration’s commitment to conducting free, fair and transparent elections.

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