Staff Correspondent

Aspirants waiting for parties to announce candidates

Many did not file papers because it was Tuesday

List of returning officers announced

MYSORE: For the second consecutive day, no nomination papers were filed for the coming elections to the Mysore City Corporation council (MCC). Though there were some aspirants, mainly independents, ready with their nomination papers, they did not file them, perhaps, it was Tuesday and “amavasya” which is considered inauspicious.

Though it is learnt that many aspirants are waiting for the Congress, BJP and the JD(S) to announce their candidates, those who are wishing to contest as independents have not filed nomination papers much to the surprise of the officials who have been deployed for the poll duty.

The aspirants have been collecting formats of nomination papers from the offices of the respective returning officers since Monday.

When this correspondent visited a couple of the offices of returning officers here on Tuesday, there was hardly any activity there. The officers were found explaining to a couple of contestants about the procedure to file nomination papers.

“The process of filing nomination papers may get a boost from Wednesday,” an officer said.

The list of officers who have been appointed as returning officers is as follows: the Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies (Wards 1 to 4, and 36; the Joint Director of Agriculture (Wards 5, 6, 10 to 12); the Deputy Director of Horticulture (Wards 7 to 9, 10, 20); the Assistant Conservator of Forests (13 to 17); the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (Wards 18, 21 to 24); the Assistant Secretary of the zilla panchayat (Wards 25 to 29); the Deputy Director of Khadi Gramodyog (Wards 30 to 34); the Deputy Director of Land Records (Wards 35, 37 to 40); the CADA Officer (Wards 41, 47, 48 to 50); the District Social Welfare Officer (51 to 55); the Assistant Executive Engineer of MUDA (Wards 56, 59 to 62); the Deputy Director of Sericulture (Wards 57, 58, 63 to 65); and the Project Director of the zilla panchayat (Wards 42 to 46).

Functionaries of political parties and aspirants became restless on Monday when officials of the election branch said they would provide a revised voters’ list in the afternoon.

But the aspirants demanded that the list be distributed immediately as they had to launch campaign. This led to tension at the office for a while. However, they were pacified by the officials.

Meanwhile, several aspirants found their names missing from the revised voters’ list.Hemavathi, an advocate, who is seeking ticket from the Congress, was furious on finding her name missing from the voters’ list and alleged that her name had been deliberately deleted from the list by some vested interests to prevent her from contesting the election.

The names of her family members, including her husband, are also missing, according to reports.