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All Hail Panvel!

Thursday, April 20, 2017
By Prashant Hamine

Panvel Municipal Council was the oldest Municipal Council formed on August 25, 1852. In September 2016, the State Government upgraded the Panvel Municipal Council to Municipal Corporation Status, effective from October 2016. On 24th May, 2017, the newly created civic body will head to the polls for the Corporation for the first time! The Panvel Municipal Corporation will have a 78 seat strong house. The total population of Panvel Municipal Corporation is 5.09 lakh, whereas the total voter population is 4.25 lakh. So far, the Panvel civic body is touted to be the stronghold of NCP and PWP, with the presence of Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to some extent. Let's see what happens next!

The brand new Panvel Municipal Corporation will go to the polls on May 24

The newly created Panvel Municipal Corporation will go to polls on May 24 along with existing Bhiwandi-Nizampur and Malegaon Municipal Corporations. The elections will be yet again a test for Congress to retain power in Bhiwandi-Nizampur and Malegaon Municipal Corporations.

In the newly created Panvel Municipal Corporation, the real contest is expected to be between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Peasants and Workers Party of India (PWP-I). Disclosing the election programe to newspersons here yesterday, the State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM), Election Commissioner (EC) J S Saharia disclosed that in order to enable the voters to search for their names in the voters list and locate their nearest polling booths, the voters list for the three municipal corporations will be announced on April 24, one month before the date of polling.

Replying to queries over the use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in civic polls, the SECM EC disclosed that the SECM has placed a demand of Rs 1.86 crore with the state government for procuring 700 VVPAT machines. He added that using VVPAT machines on trial basis will all depend upon the manufacturer supplying the machines on time, the government allocating the funds and all the political parties accepting the use of VVPAT machines. He said that if all three conditions are met then the SECM can think of using VVPAT machines in the elections to Mira-Bhayandar (August 27) and Nanded-Waghala (October 30) municipal corporations on pilot project basis.

It may be recalled that the state government in September 2016 had upgraded the then Panvel municipal council to municipal corporation status, effective from October 2016. Panvel municipal council was the oldest municipal council formed on August 25, 1852.

The newly created Panvel municipal corporation will have a house of 78 seats. The total population of Panvel municipal corporation is 5.09 lakh, whereas the total voter population is 4.25 lakh. The Panvel civic body is touted to be a strong hold of NCP and PWP, with a presence of Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to some extent. In the current civic bodies of Bhiwandi-Nizampur and Malegaon the Congress holds the reigns of power.

In the 90 seats Bhiwandi-Nizampur civic body the total population is 7.09 lakhs and the total voter population is 4.79 lakhs. In the current civic body the Congress has 26 corporators, the NCP 9, Sena 16, BJP 8 and 16 corporators from other political parties. In the 84 seats Malegaon municipal corporation, the total population is 5.90 lakhs and the total voter population is 3.91 lakhs. Here in the current civic body, the Congress has 25 corporators, NCP 8, Sena 11 and 20 corporators from other state recognised political parties.

As per the election program announced yesterday by SECM EC Saharia, nomination papers will be accepted Online between April 29 to May 6 (excluding May 1, Maharashtra Day), scrutiny of nomination papers is on May 8, last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is May 11, allotment of election symbols is on May 12, final publication of contesting candidates is on May 12, voting will take place on May 24 and counting of votes will be held on May 26.

PANVEL FACTS!
In September 2016, the state government upgraded the Panvel Municipal Council to Municipal Corporation Status, effective from October 2016. Panvel Municipal Council was the oldest Municipal Council formed on August 25, 1852. The newly created Panvel Municipal Corporation will have a house of 78 seats. The total population of Panvel Municipal Corporation is 5.09 lakh, whereas the total voter population is 4.25 lakh. The Panvel civic body is touted to be a strong hold of NCP and PWP, with the presence of Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to some extent.

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