A total of 132 women candidates are in the fray in all 35 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), where polling is scheduled to be held on Sunday.
A total of 12 wards (03, 08, 11, 13, 14, 16, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33 and 34) are reserved for women candidates. Out of these ward no 13 and 16 are reserved for women belonging to scheduled caste and backward class respectively.
All 378 candidates, including women contestants, have started campaigning in morning as well as evening hours in their last ditch effort to garner more number of votes in the first ever election of the civic body. Till about a week ago, campaigns were restricted only on holidays and weekends.
According to the additional deputy commissioner VS Hooda, who is also the returning officer for the elections, the district administration is taking all measures to ensure free, fair and impartial voting at all polling stations.
Section- 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which prohibits carrying of weapons, has been imposed in the MCG area.
Gurgaon district magistrate P C Meena said: "Complete transparency is being maintained at every level. Fifty magistrates and equal number of supervisors have been appointed to monitor law and order situation. There are 35 wards in the MCG for which 12 assistant returning officers (AROs) have been appointed. Each ARO has been given three wards."
Meena said a total of 459 polling stations have been set up. Out of these, 78 polling stations have been declared hyper sensitive while 116 booths are placed in sensitive category.
More candidates meet residents
Independent candidate of ward No. 32 Mahesh Dayma, 41, chose early morning to meet voters. He met morning walkers, including senior citizens and women, in Devi Lal Bio Diversity Park, Sector 53.
Nagender Singh of Sector 55, who was exercising, asked Dayma about his priorities for the area. He said he would bring the administration’s attention towards the pathetic condition of basic infrastructure in the city.
Dayma, a former councilor, said his eight-year-old stint in social service would help him understand the needs of people in a more clear way. Later, Dyama met residents of Orchid Plaza. Some residents, however, are resisting from voting on May 15, saying they have no faith in the government. They say most candidates forget about them once they are elected.