The stage is set for the Municipal Corporation polls on Sunday when 5,07,627 voters will decide the fate of 122 candidates in fray for electing 26 members to the civic body. Polling will begin at 8 am and end at 5 pm. Along with 445 polling stations, 800 EVMs have been made available for the polls. Of 5,07,627 voters there are 2,37,374 female while 2,70,240 are male voters and 13 are transgender.
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The BJP-SAD alliance and Congress have fielded 26 candidates each. Dissidents from both the parties, who are also in the fray, may play spoilsport for candidates of their parties. There are 26 wards and councillors would be elected from each ward for five years. The results would be declared on December 20. Moreover, in a first, a photograph (black and white) of candidate will be affixed on EVM for the convenience of the voter.
According to the instructions of State election Commissioner, voters will have to produce a photo identity card issued by the Chief Electoral officer.
All those who don’t have one that but have their names in the voter list can cast their votes by producing another identity proof such as Aadhaar card, passport, driving license, PAN card, service identity card, Kisan Vikas Patra, post office passbook, property documents or SC/ST/OBC certificates issued by the competent authority, pension documents such as ex-serviceman pension book or pension order, serviceman’s widow or dependent certificates, railway identification card, freedom fighter identity card. Ration cards, however, will not be considered a valid document.
Interestingly, while campaigning for the polls, local issues took a backseat for political parties after Centre’s demonetisation move. While the Congress, tried to bank on the problems faced by residents after the demonetisation move, the BJP leaders tried to instill confidence in people by stating that move was pinching the corrupt and people are happy and hence the party will win with a majority.