Soon, state will hear your views on ward boundaries

  • Tanushree Venkatraman, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 01:23 IST
As per the timeline, the ward delimitation has to be published for public scrutiny by October 5 (File photo)

Soon, you will have a say in Mumbai’s electoral boundaries. According to the timeline issued by the State Election Commission (SEC) on August 20, Mumbaikars will be able to submit their suggestions and objections on the city’s new electoral boundaries between October 5 and 20.

With a steady rise in the population across the suburbs, the electoral boundaries will be redrawn to reduce the number of wards from the island city, officials said.  The move comes ahead of the municipal elections scheduled for February 2017.

As per the timeline, the ward delimitation has to be published for public scrutiny by October 5. The process, which will also include creating a recommendation report on the objections, is expected to be completed by November 22. 

The delimitation exercise will have an impact on the elections, as it will influence selection of candidates for the upcoming polls. It may also change political equations in some wards, if committed voters of a particular candidate or party get scattered in the neighbouring wards once the electoral maps are redrawn.

According to the 2011 census, the city’s population has dipped by 3%, while the suburban population has increased by 8%. So, an electoral ward each from the A,B,C,D and E wards and two from the G/South ward of the island city will be shifted to the suburbs — four in the western suburbs and three in the eastern suburbs — a senior civic official confirmed. 

The agenda is to limit the population to 50,000 to 55,000 people per ward. There are 227 electoral wards in the city, which will remain constant. 

The officer said, “The committee established by the election commission, which includes the municipal commissioner, will set the boundaries as per the directives received by the commission and data available with the BMC . This will be submitted to the state election commission.” 

The civic body will also organise a lottery to declare the reservation for various wards on October 3, the timeline states. The lottery system for reserved or open wards will also sway election results. Once the new geography comes into effect, political parties will get just three months to run a campaign. The entire election procedure, including declaration of results, is expected to be completed by March 8, 2017. 

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