Chandigarh: Around 57 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) General House election on August 18 at polling stations across Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.

The number of voters in Punjab is 52.68 lakh, 3.75 lakh in Haryana, 23, 004 in Himachal Pradesh and 11,990 in Chandigarh.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for peaceful conduct of the elections. Gurdwara Election Commission spokesman said, “19 senior officers from Haryana have been appointed as observers in Punjab to ensure free and fair polling.”

Seven senior officers from Punjab have been appointed as observers in Haryana while one observer each has been appointed in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.

The official vehicles of the officers on election duty will be parked at the distance of 200 meters from the polling booths.

Chief Gurdwara Election Commissioner H S Barad said that the voters have to bring their voter identity cards issued by Government of India or any other photo identity card issued by the government to cast their votes.

He also said that keshdhari Sikhs of 18 years of age and above will only be allowed to vote. “Weapons of any kind will not be allowed during the polling,” he added.