Four in fray for post of Mahe civic chief

Staff Reporter

50 seeking election to the municipal council

Election will be held on June 2432 polling booths in the 15 wards of Mahe regionBallot papers will be used in the election

MAHE: Four candidates are contesting for the post of chairman of the Mahe municipality and 50 are seeking election to the municipal council in the civic elections here, scheduled for June 24.

The time for withdrawal of nomination papers ended at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. T. Ashok Kumar, Communist Party of India (Marxist); Ramesh Parambath, Congress; and V. Balan and V.P. Subair, independents; are in the fray for the post of chairman.

Mahe Regional Executive Officer Krishna Kumar Singh, who is also Regional Election Officer-cum-Returning Officer, said in a press briefing that there would be 32 polling booths in the 15 wards of Mahe region. The number of voters was 27,018, comprising 11,683 men and 15,335 women. A presiding officer and four polling officers would be posted to each booth. A training programme was conducted for these officials on Wednesday and another would be held on Monday.

He said ballot papers would be used in the elections, in which each voter had to cast two votes: one for the chairman candidate and the other for councillor candidate.

He said that on the directives of State Election Commission, 16 photo-attached documents, including passport, driving license and PAN card, could be used, apart from the electoral photo identity card, for voting.

Mr. Singh said adequate number of police personnel from Pondicherry would be deployed to oversee the law-and-order situation during the elections.

Prohibition would be imposed from 4 p.m. on June 22 to June 24 and on the counting day on July 3.