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832 candidates in fray for 130 Thane seats

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will witness a hotly contested election today, with 802 candidates vying for 130 seats from 65 wards in the city. Each ward has two seats — one reserved on caste, tribe and gender basis, while the other has no reservation, except for women.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2012 01:10 IST
Megha Pol

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will witness a hotly contested election today, with 802 candidates vying for 130 seats from 65 wards in the city. Each ward has two seats — one reserved on caste, tribe and gender basis, while the other has no reservation, except for women.

About 11.95 lakh voters will participate in Thane’s sixth civic poll, and will decide whether the Shiv Sena will retain its bastion, or will the Congress-NCP alliance get its first shot at civic governance.

The Sena, BJP and RPI will contest together, with Sena candidates vying for 101 seats, RPI 10 and the BJP contesting 27 seats. The Congress has nominated candidates for 60 seats; the NCP for 70. The MNS is contesting 115 seats. Only 28% of the candidates are fighting civic polls for the first time.

The corporation has set up 1,471 polling booths, of which 282, for the first time, are on private properties. In another first, every polling station will be monitored at the TMC headquarters with the help of the geographical information system (GIS), which was also used to demarcate the wards.

Every returning officer has been given a SIM card with which he will provide updates every two hours of the number of voters, polling percentage, number of male and female voters, and so on.

After the voting is over, the GIS server will send an SMS to the presiding officer containing the format of entering the results, which he will send back to the returning officer within an hour.

The returning officer will relay this data to the main server at the corporation headquarters.