Chandigarh: The state election commissioner (SEC) Rakesh Kumar announced on Friday that the forthcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections will be held as per the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007 instead of The West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1976 act norms. The meeting with the representatives of political parties will be held on October 14 to decide upon the draw of lots for wards, said Mehta.
The State Election Commissioner intimated that the reservation of wards for SC. (including SC (Women) and general women wards will be made through draw of lots on October 14. SEC will also hold talks with various heads or representatives of political parties on October 14.
SEC Mehta said, “We will be holding the elections as per the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007 instead of West Bengal Defacement Act. This will be for the first time in Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections. Secondly, we will hold a meeting on representatives of political parties on October 14 to take out the draw of lots for reservation of wards. The general briefing about the elections will also be made on the same date.”
A meeting in this regard was also held at the UT guest house regarding arrangements to be done for the smooth conduct of General Elections of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh likely to be held in third week of the month of December, 2016.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Rakesh Mehta, State Election Commissioner, Chandigarh in the presence of Anurag Agarwal, Home Secretary-cum- Secretary Local Government. The Secretary Local Government intimated that general elections to MCC will be held from the existing 26 wards. The reservation of five wards for scheduled caste candidates for the upcoming general election to the Corporation shall be made afresh on the basis of maximum percentage of scheduled caste population as shown in the latest Census of 2011 and defined in Sub-Section (36A) of Section 2 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976 as extended to UT Chandigarh.
SEC hints to increase the expenditure for the candidates
State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta hinted that EC may allow increasing the budget expenditure limit for the MC election campaign. At present Rs 1.75 lakh is the maximum limit expenditure that can be made by a single candidate.
However, the political party is free from any expenditure slab and can spend unlimited but if EC observer finds that the campaign by political party is favouring the candidate then that expenditure will be added to that very candidates expenses, said Mehta
Aadhar Card to be used for verification as on pilot project basis
SEC to adopt modern technology by linking the verification by Aadhar card as pilot project during the forthcoming MC elections. SEC said that other means of verification like driving license, voters card, ration card, passport will also be accepted but on trial basis the verification through aadhar card will be taken on priority.
Decisions taken during the meeting
1. Proper arrangements to be done by various departments prior to the General Elections for 26 wards in the month of December, 2016.
2. Adoption of Modern Technology as a Pilot Project during the General Elections 2016 on selected polling booths.
3. Adequate measures will be adopted to increase the percentage of voting by creating awareness regarding the General Elections 2016 through various activities like advertisements, publicity material and promotions.
4. Persuasion to the general public through media to get their names registered as electors before the last date of filing of nominations by the contesting candidates.
5. People to be educated and informed about the General Elections 2016 by deploying Booth Level Officers to distribute voting slips in every
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