Ggn civic polls on Sept 24, result on same day
Piyush OhrieGURUGRAM: Over nine lakh Gurugram residents will exercise their franchise on September 24 for the municipal elections in the Millennium City, The Haryana State Election Commission on Wednesday announced.
The elections were slated to be held in February this year, but underwent several delays due to legal hurdles.
Voting for 35 wards in the city will be held on September 24 between 7 am and 5 pm. After polling ends, the process of counting and declaration of results will take place on the same day. The code of conduct was enforced immediately after the polling dates were announced.
State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh said the official notification for the election will be put up on September 1. After the notification, the process of filing nominations will take place between September 8 and September 13, with September 10 being an off on Sunday.
The nomination papers will be scrutinised on September 14. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is September 15, between 11 am and 3 pm. After 3pm, the process of allotting symbols and setting up of polling stations will be done by district officials.
Rs 5 lakh has been set as the limit on campaign expenditure for candidates.
Formed in 2008 to solve Gurugram's civic issues, elections for the MCG were first held in 2011. After the five-year term of the councillors expired on May 2016, elections were announced to be held in March 2017.
However, disagreement on the delineation of wards resulted in a petition being filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 6, which resulted in the elections being stayed.
The court's intervention resulted in the government making some amendments in ward division, after which permission to hold the election was granted.
Councillors from major political parties, like BJP, Congress, INLD, AAP and Swaraj India are expected to contest the upcoming polls.
"I definitely want the MCG elections to be held at the earliest. There is a need for greater accountability for development of the city. Earlier, most councillors contested as independents.
"However, this time, they will contest under a party symbol. I hope this will make them more committed to work for the betterment of the city "said Ankita Rana, a city resident