Staff Reporter

Secretaries of local bodies will start drawing up the voters' list after the sitting

As many as 408 complaints were received from the district, including 77 from the city limits

Panchayats coming under Angamaly block registered the maximum number of complaints

KOCHI: The three-member Delimitation Commission chaired by P. Kamalkutty will collect evidence on complaints received from the district on bifurcation of wards ahead of the forthcoming election to the local bodies. The sitting will be held at the EMS Memorial Town Hall on March 10 from 10 a.m. onwards.

The commission will only consider complaints on bifurcation of wards in grama panchayats, municipality and the corporation. A separate sitting will be held to look into complaints received from block and district panchayat.

Secretaries of the respective local bodies will start drawing up the voters' list a day after the sitting. The list would be based on the Assembly constituency level voters' list prepared for the last Lok Sabha elections. This would help eliminate the need for a separate enumeration, and will cut down the expenses.

Employees of the local bodies would conduct door-to-door survey to ensure the accuracy of the voters' list. Local bodies would be given CDs with the technical expertise of Keltron for this purpose. The State Election Commission sources said that works related to creation of voters' list would be over by May.

Altogether 408 complaints were received from the district, including 77 from the city limits. The rest of the 36 complaints were from various municipalities. Panchayats coming under Angamaly block had registered the maximum number of complaints, while those under the Vytilla block registered the least.

Twenty eight complaints were received in connection with the bifurcation of Fort Kochi division. There were 294 complaints from grama panchayats alone, of which Sreemoolanagaram panchayat accounted for 20. No complaints were received from about a dozen panchayats.

The commission would pass a decision based on the complaint, the reports on it submitted by the inquiry official and the District Collector, and the arguments of the complainant during the sitting.

Majority of complaints were based on bifurcation of existing wards, the follies in determining the limits, changes in name of wards, and lack of proportion in the number of voters.

Complaints from grama panchayats under Paravur, Alangad, and Angamaly block panchayats would be considered at 10 a.m., while those from Koovappady, Vazahakulam, Edappally, Palluruthy, and Vytilla blocks would be taken up at 11 a.m.

Complainants from grama panchayats under Kothamangalam, Pamakkuda, Mulanthuruthy, and Vadavucode blocks could give evidence before the commission at 12 noon.

Complaints from grama panchayats in Parakkadavu and Muvattupuzha blocks would be considered at 2 p.m., and those from Kothamangalam, Perumbavur, Aluva, Kalamassery, Paravur, and Angamaly at 3 p.m. Complainants from Kochi Corporation will get a hearing at 4 p.m.

Bifurcation of wards in Thrikkakkara, Eloor, Maradu, and Thiruvankulam grama panchayats and Thripunithura municipality were yet to be complete.