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Mumbai city goes to the polls!

Thursday, January 12, 2017
By Prashant Hamine

Along with nine other Municipal Corporations, Mumbai goes to the polls on February 21. This alongside 25 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis that go to polls on Feb 16 & Feb 21.

The State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM) yesterday finally sounded the poll bugle for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which, along with nine other municipal corporations (including Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune and others) will go to polls on February 21. The counting of votes and results will be announced on February 23. Simultaneously elections will also be held to 25 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis in two phases on February 16 and February 21. Counting of votes and results for all the civic bodies will be declared on February 23.

With this, the Model Code of Conduct for all the 10 municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis has come into immediate effect. Barring Mumbai, nine other municipal corporations elections will be held for Multi-member wards. In multi-member wards, voters will have to cast ballot and elect more than one candidate depending upon the size of the electoral ward. Candidates will be able to file nomination papers Online. However, they will have to take a print out of the online nomination papers and submit the same along with affidavits of income and cases filed against them to the Returning Officer.

Giving details of the election programme to newspersons here at Sachivalaya Gymkhana, SECM Election Commissioner J S Saharia disclosed that for the 10 municipal corporations – the nomination papers will be accepted between January 27 to February 3, scrutiny of nomination papers will be taken up on February 4, last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is February 7, allotment of election symbols on February 8, publication of polling booth wise voters list on February 8, polling will be held on February 21 and counting of votes will be taken on February 23.

The 10 municipal corporations that are going to polls on February 21 are – Mumbai, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Amravati, Akola and Nagpur. The term of these municipal corporations is due to expire between March 5 to April 3. The average voting percentage in the 10 municipal corporations held in 2012 was 51.8 percent, with Mumbai recording the lowest voting percentage of just 44.75 percent.

Saharia disclosed that the elections to the Nagpur Zilla Parishad have been deferred due to a on-going litigation in the High Court. The elections to all the 10 municipal corporations will be held in one phase on February 21. However, the elections to 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis will be held in two phases. In the first phase of zilla parishad elections on February 16, elections will be held to zilla parishads spread over 15 districts and 165 panchayat samitis that covers Marathwada, North Maharashtra and Vidarbha regions. In the second phase zilla parishad elections on February 21, elections will be held to zilla parishads spread over 11 districts and 118 panchayat samitis that covers Konkan, Western Maharashtra and Vidarbha regions.

Polling Stats
Total Municipal Corporations – 10
Total Population – 2.57crore

Total Electoral Wards     – 490
Total Seats     – 1,268
Reserved for Women     – 636
SC seats     – 171
ST seats     – 38
OBC seats     – 343

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