Udupi, August 5, 2018: The four urban local bodies (ULBs) in Udupi district — Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC), Kundapur Town Municipal Council (TMC), Karkala Town Municipal Council (TMC) and Saligrama Town Panchayat - will go for the polls on August 29.
Speaking to media Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis said that all measures have been taken for the smooth conduct of the polls.
The DC said the model code of conduct for the election is in place following the announcement of the election date. The election notification will be issued on August 10. The last date to file nomination papers is August 17. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is August 20.
The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on August 18. The election will be held on August 29 and The counting of votes will on September 1, she explained.
She said the four urban local bodies in the district have a total of 97 wards. In this, 35 wards are in Udupi CMC, 16 in Saligrama Town Panchayat, 23 in Karkala Town Municipal Council and 23 wards in Kundapur Town Municipal Council.
There are 1,55,336 voters, including 98,500 in Udupi City Municipal Council, 13,201 in Saligrama Town Panchayat, 20,471 in Karkala Town Municipal Council and 23,164 in Kundapur Town Municipal Council jurisdictions.
The DC said that the election to Kaup TMC will not be held as it was constituted recently.
There 99 polling booths in Udupi City Municipal Council, 16 in Saligrama Town Panchayat, 23 in Karkala Town Municipal Council and 23 booths in Kundapur Town Municipal Council.
There are 37 sensitive and 62 normal polling booths in Udupi City Municipal Council, two hypersensitive, 13 sensitive and one normal polling booths in Saligrama Town Panchayat, 23 normal polling booths in Karkala Town Municipal Council and five sensitive and 18 normal in Kundapur Town Municipal Council respectively.
She added that the Media Certification and Media Monitoring Cell will look into the media activities for the violation of poll code of conduct. Pre-certification is required for the telecast of the news concerning the political parties and their promotional ventures.
The first level checking of EVMs have been completed and the VVPATs will not be used. As many as 200 each ballot and control units are set up. The poll code of conduct will be in place until September 1. As many as 161 PROs, 161 APROs, 48 polling officers, 161 group employees are engaged in the polling duties.
The nomination papers will be received at Udupi City Municipal Council, Saligrama Town Panchayat, Mini Vidhana Soudha, Taluk Office (for 1-8 and 17-23 wards, Old Taluk Office building, Karkala (9-16 wards), BEO Office, Kundapur (1-8 wards), Taluk Office, Kundapur (9-16 wards) and Kundapur Town Municipal Council for 17-23 wards, she said.
BJP claims will sweep ULB polls in Udupi district: BJP District President Mattar Ratnakar Hegde has expressed confidence that BJP will sweep the election in all the urban local bodies with a majority. The election to the urban local bodies will be held on August 29.
Speaking to media persons, he said that the BJP has contributed immensely to the development in the district during its tenure.
The state government, led by JD(S) and Congress coalition, will see a massive defeat as the people are fed up with the insincere administration, he charged.
Whatever the unethical way, both the parties in the coalition government approach to defeating the BJP, the party will surely emerge victorious facing all the adversaries, he added.
He said that the present rule of Congress in Udupi CMC is the most corrupt governance in the history of the urban local body. “The Congress had even gone to the extent of insulting a common man by inviting him to the general body meeting. The party has rarely expressed its interest in developing the city although there were sufficient opportunities,” he added.
Hegde said that committees have been formed to collect the opinions of the members in all wards. Based on the opinions collected, the tickets will be given. The election in-charge people are appointed. Leaders Kuiladi Suresh Nayak in Karkala, Kutyaru Naveen Shetty in Kundapur and Mattaru Ratnakar Hegde in Udupi will be in charge of the polls, he added.
MLA Raghupathy Bhat said that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government is expecting the victory by hatching conspiracy in reservations. Sadly, the government is under an illusion. Most of the influential BJP leaders are deprived of the tickets in the name of reservation, he charged.
He alleged that the Congress has the credit for increasing the tax and thereby, increasing the burden on the public. The streetlight issue continues to haunt the CMC limits, he said.
Bhat said the party will field influential leaders and ensure the massive victory in the election.
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