Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls will be held on December 1.
State Election Commissioner C. Parthasarathi on Tuesday announced the schedule for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls.
The polls for 150 wards will be held on December 1. The counting will take place on December 4.
The nomination papers can be filed from November 18 to November 20. The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on November 21 while the final list of the candidates will be published on November 22.
The election commission also said that if there will be any re-poll, it will take place on December 3.
This time ballot paper will be used for voting instead of EVM machines. Following the amendment in the GHMC act, 50 percent of seats have been reserved for women. Of the total candidates, 75 will be women.
Out of 10 Schedule Caste candidates, 5 will be women. Out of 50 backward class candidates, 25 will be women. Out of 88 General category candidates, 44 will be women.
The total electorate for GHMC polls is 74.04 lakh. Of whom 38.56 lakh are male, 35. 46 lakh are female and 669 are others.
There are 9,248 polling stations in 150 wards of GHMC. This time around, face recognition technology will be used at some polling stations
The largest division in GHMC is Mylar Devulapalli with 79.2 thousand voters. Ramachandrapuram has the smallest electorate of 27.9 thousand.
Meanwhile, the BJP has expressed a dissent regarding the dates of the polls. BJP alleges that Telangana State Election Commission is working as a puppet in the hands of CM KCR and TRS government. The saffron party also said that they will complain to the Central Election Commission over SEC's poll date announcement. "The announcement of poll dates politically convenient to TRS party has become a regular practice in the state. BJP will complain to the Central Election Commission over SEC's questionable style of functioning. The current method of functioning jeopardizes the democratic spirit and integrity of the election process,' said K. Krishna Saagar Rao, Spokesperson, Telangana BJP.