DISTRICT MAGISTRATE Amrit Abhijat on Friday said that 18 candidates were contesting the mayor’s post, and 621 candidates were in fray for corporators post.
Talking to media persons, he said there were 82 candidates were fighting for the Nagar Panchayat seats and 453 for the members seat.
He said the polling in the district would be held on October 31. He said, “There are 80 wards in the city while the nagar panchayats have 116 wards.”
He said while a mayoral candidate could spend Rs 12,50,000 for campaigning and a candidate for the post of corporator should spend Rs 1,00,000.
A candidate for the post of chairman Nagar Panchayat could spend an amount of Rs1,00,000 while the limit of expenses for a member was fixed at Rs 10,000, he added.
He further said one candidate who was contesting the corporators’ election was declared elected unopposed. Similarly, four members of Nagar Panchayat were declared elected, he added.
He said the administration made an elaborate security arrangement to conduct free and fair election.
Sector, zonal and super zonal magistrates would keep a close watch on the entire process, he added. Poll officials would reach their respective polling stations on October 30, he said.
The State Election commission had decided to send KL Meena and two officers Narendra Kumar Chaudhary and Mohd Mohuddin as poll observers. The counting of votes for the Nagar Nigam election would be held at Mundera Mandi and for nagar Panchayat polls, the counting would be held at the respective tehsil headquarters, he added. There were 64 extremely sensitive and 37 sensitive polling centres in the city, he added.
Meanwhile, SSP Vijay Singh Meena said 21 barriers were erected in the district to keep watch on the movements of the people. Vehicles would be checked and guest houses, hotels and other places were being checked in view of the possibility of trouble during the election. He urged candidates to abide by the election rules. He said adequate policemen would be deployed at different to conduct free and fair polls.
He said, “We have also demanded five companies of paramilitary forces.”
He said sub inspectors and constables posted at a police station would be shifted to other areas.