Ghaziabad municipal polls: Filing of nomination starts today, list of candidates on Nov 11
The Ghaziabad mayor’s post has been reserved for women candidates this yearnoida Updated: Oct 31, 2017 22:50 IST
The filing of nomination forms for the local body election in Ghaziabad will start on Wednesday. The city municipality will go to polls in the second phase of the local body elections on November 26. A total of 2.23 lakh voters will exercise their franchise to select their representatives for nine local bodies in Ghaziabad, including Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation. Counting of votes will be done on December 1 and the results will be declared the same evening.
The election schedule was announced on Tuesday by district election officer (DEO) Ritu Maheshwari. She said that the nominations can be filed from November 1 to November 7, while the scrutiny of nominations will be done on November 8. The candidates can withdraw nominations on November 10 and the list of contesting candidates will be out by the evening of November 11 after the symbol allotment is done.
“We have divided the entire area into 34 zones and 78 sectors where zonal magistrates and sector magistrates will be deployed. In all, we have 10,500 personnel on poll duty as against the requirement of nearly 14,000. The rest of the personnel will be drawn from central services or from the districts of Hapur and Baghpat,” Maheshwari said.
Nominations for the Ghaziabad municipal polls can be filed from 1am to 3pm at MB Girls Inter College at Nevyug Market and the counting will be done on December 1 at Govindpuram grain market. According to records, nearly 13.56 lakh voters will cast their votes in the civic polls.
The total number of voters include 6.16 lakh women and another 7.4 lakh men. The DEO said that a supplementary list will also be issued on November 6, as residents have submitted forms for addition of their names to the electoral rolls.
The administration has also started removing banners, posters and other publicity material in wake of upcoming polls, as Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is already in place. According to official records, 10,153 banners, posters and wall paintings were recovered till October 30. These include those on public and private properties.
“The MCC will be enforced and election expenditure of the candidates will be monitored. Eight teams have already been formed and observers will also arrive. The police have already been directed to get licensed arms deposited from residents in areas where the elections will take place. The police have already started issuing notices to anti-social elements,” the DEO added.
The election expenditure limit for mayoral candidates has been set at ₹25 lakh, while it is ₹2 lakh for those bidding to be councillors. The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has 100 wards and the mayor’s seat this time has been reserved for women.
Senior superintendent of police HN Singh said that nearly 560 sub inspectors, 600 head constables, 4,800 constables and 5,000 home guards will be deployed for the polls along with PAC and Central paramilitary forces.
To avoid any untoward incident, the administration has also introduced webcasting at polling stations along with video recordings and CCTV coverage to monitor the polling.
The polling will take place at 2,161 booths across 504 polling centres.