The wait just got longer for residents of Banashankari Temple Ward (ward number 180) to elect their representative to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council.

The residents have had no one to represent them in the council for five months now. Mohammad Ali, also known as Deewan Ali, the councillor belonging to the Janata Dal (Secular), was shot dead on January 16.

Sources quoted Section 8 (4) of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, which said that the vacancy “shall be filled as soon as may be by the election of a person thereto.” The Section also says that the person elected will hold office only so long as “the person in whose place he is elected would have held had the vacancy not occurred.”

Officials in the State Election Commission (SEC) toldThe Hinduthey had written to the BBMP with regard to conducting the byelection for the ward. “We wrote to them more than a month ago. The BBMP officials, we are told, are busy updating the voters' list,” they said.

The BBMP officials are said to be preparing the voters' list based on the one updated for the Assembly elections on January 1, 2011. They will have to take up physical verification of the voters living in the periphery of the ward and ensure that no one is left out. The Joint Commissioner (South) will be the District Election Officer for the byelection.

Once the BBMP completes the procedures, the SEC will issue the election notification, followed by one by the BBMP Commissioner. The calendar of events will then be announced.

Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner (South) A.B. Hemachandra said the BBMP officials were finalising the voters' list. “We are almost done and the list will be ready in a week's time. We have also inspected the 33 polling stations in the ward. The EVMs are ready and have been kept in the BBMP's strong room.”

He said that officers would be nominated soon for election duty, which would be followed by a round of consultation with the SEC. “The SEC will have to give us a go ahead for the election process to begin. It is only a matter of time,” he added.

  • The ward has no councillor for the past

    five months

  • Councillor's post has been vacant since Mohammad Ali was shot dead