HYDERABAD: Scrutiny of nomination papers submitted by candidates contesting the GHMC polls is underway. Out of the 150 wards, the returning officers have completed the scrutiny of nominations pertaining to 127 wards. Of the 3,138 nominations filed from the 127 wards, 114 nominations were rejected. And 2,984 nominations filed by 1,689 candidates were found to be in order.
GHMC special officer B Janardhan Reddy said the reason for rejecting the nominations was that the candidates were not registered voters in GHMC limits or had more than two children and for other reasons.
The last date for withdrawal of nomination is January 21.
After the withdrawal of the nominations, candidates of recognised political parties, registered parties and independents will be placed in alphabetical order in Telugu in the ballot paper.
As many as 345 persons have been bound over under CrPC sections 107 and 116, and 1,859 arms and ammunition were seized by the police.
The special officer said that as per the directions of the Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC), about 50,000 posters, 38,000 banners, 40,603 flexis, 5,808 cutouts had been removed.
The first phase of randomisation of electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be taken up on January 22.
Janardhan Reddy appealed to students to ensure that all eligible members of their families cast their vote on February 2. Towards this end the GHMC will distribute pamphlets to all educational institutions to create awareness about the importance of the vote.
The GHMC on Monday held a meeting with representatives of Residential Welfare Associations (RWAs) in a bid to increase the polling percentage.
Voter slips are being supplied to every household in all the wards and the process will be completed by January 31. TSEC has given specific instructions that no political party or candidate should supply the slips to voters. Voter slips help the voters know about the location of their polling station, serial number, ward number, etc.