The Election Commission has allotted 51 symbols to 376 candidates after 78 withdrew their nominations on May 4. Many candidates were allotted free symbols under a lottery system. The ARO also told the candidates to contest a peaceful and fair poll.
On an average three candidates per ward were allotted free symbols. The candidates' list in every ward was arranged in alphabetical order (in Hindi) and the symbols were allotted according to the first, second and third preferences mentioned by candidates in their forms. In ward No. 5, lotteries were drawn for three symbols — sun, glass and cycle. The sun was allotted to Kavita Ahlawat, glass to Shamim Khan and cycle to Bhim Singh.
“Our enforcement teams armed with secret cameras and CID agents in disguise have been deployed in each ward. In case any candidate is caught using unfair means, such as spending more than permissible amount or defacing any poster, the person will be booked,” said ARO Satyender Duhan.
The ARO also instructed candidates to submit expenditure details every three days. For printing pamphlets or banners, the printer’s name and number should be mentioned. The candidates will also be given an exact copy of the ballot paper on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) for reference.
The MCG has identified sites for displaying posters, banners and hoardings in 11 wards; it will add more sites soon. The list of sites is expected to be released any time. If hoardings are displayed at other sites than these, action will be taken.