Voter count for PMC’s biggest panel: 52,866

The final voters’ list for both Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation names Panel No. 76 under Dhankawadi division of the PMC as the biggest panel in terms of number of voters.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published:January 25, 2012 2:20 am

The final voters’ list for both Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) names Panel No. 76 under Dhankawadi division of the PMC as the biggest panel in terms of number of voters. This panel has as many as 52,866 voters. Of these,28,642 are male voters and 24,224 are female voters.

In terms of area,Panel No. 1 (Dhanori-Lohegaon) is the largest one with 15 sq km area. Sunil Tingre is the sitting corporator. PMC election officials said this panel is the biggest because of Pune airport which is spread across 10 sq km area. Both the panels are open category wards.

The smallest panel in PMC is Panel No. 74 which is again under Dhankawadi divisional office. Here,the total voter count stands at 25,005. Of these,12,961 are male voters and 12,044 are women voters. PMC will have 3,200 polling stations. Election officials said areawise,the panels in Peth areas are the smallest with 0.5 sq km to cover for the candidates.

In PCMC areas,Pimple Gurav Panel No. 57 has emerged the biggest one with 33,206 voters while Tatawade-Poonawale Panel No. 52 is the smallest with 10,059 voters. In 2007 elections,Shankar Jagtap,brother of MLA Laxman Jagtap,was elected from Pimple Gurav ward. This time,Laxman’s cousin Rajendra Jagtap is likely to be fielded on an NCP ticket.

“In the last elections,I had contested as an Independent and secured 2,200 votes while Shankar had bagged around 3,300 votes. I was the only Independent candidate in Pimpri-Chinchwad to secure so many votes and I was number two,” said Rajendra Jagtap.

PCMC areas will have as many as 1,500 polling booths,said election official Ashok Munde. He said for every 850 voters,there will be one polling station. PCMC has received 3,400 objections to the draft voters list while PMC had received 2,800 objections. However,officials said except for making changes in names that have been wrongly entered in another ward,they were not supposed to make any corrections.

“The collectorate had prepared the voters’ list. We are not supposed to correct names,address or age of the voters. Only voter’s name shifted to another ward from his present ward were corrected by us,” said PMC election official Pravin Ashitkar.

This time,the panels have not been named by the PMC election office unlike in the past. “This was decided by the previous municipal commissioner,” said Ashtikar. However,in PCMC areas the panels have been named as Ashok Theatre or Bhakti-Shakti.

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