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Hyderabad municipal polls to be held on December 1, code of conduct in force

The last date for filing of nominations would be November 20. The last date for withdrawal of nominations would be November 22.

Published: 17th November 2020 11:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th November 2020 08:14 AM   |  A+A-

Telangana State Election Commissioner C Parthasarathi announcing GHMC election schedule at a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday

Telangana State Election Commissioner C Parthasarathi announcing GHMC election schedule at a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday. (Photo| EPS)

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Voting for the 150 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) divisions will be held on December 1 and the results will be out on December 4, according to a notification released by the Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) on Tuesday.

The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into force with immediate effect. Also, the polling time has been extended by one hour in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, i.e., from 7 am to 6 pm as against the previous timings of 7 am to 5 pm.

According to the notification released by State Election Commissioner C Parthasarathi, the filing of nominations will start from Wednesday between 11 am and 3 pm, and the RO will display the electoral rolls at their respective offices from Wednesday.

The last date for filing nominations is November 20, and these will be scrutinised on November 21. Candidates who wish to withdraw their nominations can do so before 3 pm on November 22, after which the final list of candidates will be published on the same day.

Re-polling, if any, will be held on December 3, counting of votes will start from 8 am on December 4 and the results will be declared on the same day. The election process would be completed by December 6. 

The GHMC elections would be held by ballot papers as many political parties preferred this mode over electronic voting machines (EVMs) due to various litigations and also as per the Supreme Court orders. As many as 28,500 boxes have been procured by the civic body from Andhra Pradesh and are being painted. The reservations implemented in the 2016 election will stay for the upcoming poll.  

Regarding the distribution of the interim financial aid of Rs 10,000 to rain-affected families in the Greater Hyderabad limits, Parthasarathi said calamity relief is exempted from the Model Code of Conduct. However, the distribution should be done online and the amount has to be transferred to the beneficiaries' accounts. Physical distribution of aid will not be permitted, he said.

Replying to another question on the schedule being released on such a short notice without giving adequate time for parties to prepare, Parthasarathi said as per the new GHMC Act, the dates have to be decided in consultation with the government. He also clarified that there would be no e-voting as a legal amendment is required to introduce it. Besides, the software is not ready, and developing one would take over a month. 

Up to Rs 50,000 cash can be carried by the citizens in the city, any anyone carrying anything more than this would have to produce documentary evidence — such as for marriage, business or other purposes.

Parthasarathi said that the GHMC poll is being held in exercise of powers conferred by Articles 243-K and 243-ZA of the Constitution read with Sections 7(1), 9, 10 and 24 of the GHMC Act, 1955. The State Election Commision has called upon voters of all the 150 divisions to elect the members in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.



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  • Prabhakar

    World's 1000 most encroached lakes seem to be in Hyderabad in totally vanished state. World's 100 most misused and abused municipal parks seem to be in Hyderabad. World's 100 most encroached roads seem to be in Hyderabad. World's 500 lowest quality roads seem to be in Hyderabad. World's 200 most non walkable roads seem to be in Hyderabad. World's 500 most aggressive stray dogs seem to be in Hyderabad. Hyderabad seems to be having the highest number of commercial establishments with zero parking space among all the major cities in the world. World's most corrupt municipal corporation seems to be GHMC. Almost all corporators, MLAs and MPs past and present from all political parties without exception and almost all GHMC commissioners past and present and their bosses are equally responsible for making Hyderabad Vishaadanagaram for most of the people living in it.
    9 months ago reply
  • Bhanupratap

    Greater Hyderabad must have flying squad to catch redhanded and prosecute those misusing and abusing bus stops and parks and those honking horns unnecessarily in the nights in the residential colonies and those causing nuisance with loudspeakers mounted on 2 and 3 wheelers as most of the people are having zero quality of life due to such anti social elements.
    9 months ago reply
  • Manikyam

    Ppost independent India netas have looted millions of crores of rupees from the people and not donated even 0.00001 per cent of that money to the poor people in India from their own pockets. But they have given away lakhs of crores of rupees of people money to the people to buy their votes. Whichever neta got this idea originally deserves a nobel prize for the double looting of public money with no revolt from the people who are deeply intoxicated with the government liquor.
    10 months ago reply
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