THE STATE Election Commission today issued notification for the urban local bodies elections. The process for elections to nagar nigams, nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats will start on October 3 and conclude on November 6.
Talking to the mediapersons, State Election Commissioner Aparmita Prasad Singh said polling would be held from 8 am to 5 pm in three phases. Nagar palika parishad polls would be held on October 28 in the first phase, nagar nigam polls on October 31 in the second phase and nagar panchayat polls on November 3 in the final phase. Counting of ballot papers for all the three urban local bodies will be held on November 6.
Singh said nomination papers could be filed between October 3 and 6 (11 am to 3 pm). Scrutiny of nomination papers would be done on October 9. Withdrawal could be done on October 12. On the same day the State Election Commission would allot symbols to candidates. Singh said elections would be held in 980 wards of 12 nagar nigams, 5,102 wards of 193 nagar palika parishads and 5,128 wards of 420 nagar panchayats. He said the commission had already prepared the voters’ list. 2,47,94,840 voters would exercise their franchise at 27,040 booths.
When asked why the commission issued notification fours days after the notification for the election was issued by the State Government (September 21), Singh said that in view of the Allahabad High Court order passed on September 22, the commission issued notification for the election on September 25.
He said in its order the high court had directed the State Government to issue notification for elections in all nagar nigams, nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats. The State Government issued a separate notification for polls in three nagar panchayats on September 24, he said.
Singh said, “Now there was no question of the elections being postponed. In an order the Supreme Court has clearly stated that once the poll process starts it should not be stopped.
The wheel of the elections has been set rolling with the notification. It would stop only on November 6 with the counting of the ballot papers and declaration of results”, he said.
Speaking about the new reservation policy Singh said “though the Reservation Act was new but the policy was the same old one. Due to certain anomalies the new reservation policy could be challenged in the court. Still the Allahabad High Court had directed the State Government to proceed with civic polls when the court’s attention was drawn toward the new reservation policy”, he said.
The district magistrates or district returning officers would issue notification for the election in respective districts on September 26.
The commission issued a separate notification for election in Renukoot nagar panchayat located in Sonebhadra district. Singh said nomination for the post of chairman and members in Renukoot nagar panchayat would be filed from October 28 to November 1.
Nomination papers would be checked on November 4. Withdrawals could be done by November 7. The polling would be held on November 23 and counting would be done on November 26.
The election in Railway Settlement Nagar Panchayat, Mughalsarai (Chandauli) has been cancelled since the State Government has notified it as an industrial area. The State Government has already sought 15 days time for notification of polls for Dasna Nagar Panchayat in Ghaziabad district.