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Stage set for city’s first municipal polls on May 15

india Updated: Apr 22, 2011 00:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Almost three years after the formation of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), residents will get a chance to elect their representatives in the civic body for the first time.

Haryana election commissioner Dharam Vir on Thursday announced May 15 as the date for conducting elections in all 35 wards of MCG.

Since its formation in August 2008, the MCG is being governed by the municipal commissioner who is an administrative officer appointed by the Haryana government. Despite repeated demands by social groups and resident welfare associations, no election has taken place for the civic body so far.

According to the notification issued by the election commission, counting of votes would be done and results announced on the same day.

A total of 4,28,713 voters in all the wards will exercise their franchise at about 500 polling booths through electronic voting machines (EVMs), the election commission said.

Aspiring contestants can file their nominations between April 28 and May 2 while scrutiny of nomination papers would be done on May 3.

The last date of withdrawing nominations is May 4 and symbols will be allotted to the contestants on May 4, Dharam Vir said.

On May 15, polling will be held between 7am and 4pm at polling stations. Counting of votes is scheduled to start on the same day at select polling stations in each ward, the election commissioner said, adding that the results will be announced immediately after counting.

The places of counting would be specified by the deputy commissioner.

The commission has also prescribed the limit of expenditure for each contestant. The cap of R75,000 is fixed for a candidate seeking election as a member of the municipal corporation.

Dharam Vir said: “The model code of conduct has come into force from April 21. No officer connected with election work would be transferred till the completion of election process.”