Ranchi, 29 May-2014, TNN: The notification for Ranchi mayoral polls, pending for more than a year now, was finally issued on Wednesday by district electoral officer-cum-Ranchi deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey. This has paved the way for the election of the new mayor by June 27.
The mayoral election was countermanded on April 14, 2013 after the state election commission was convinced about the use of money by one of the candidates, Rama Khalkho, who was also the outgoing mayor of Ranchi at that time. Khalkho is currently facing trial in the court and is out on bail. She is preparing to contest the polls once again.
The state election commission has appointed ADM (Naxal) Ravi Shankar Verma as the electoral officer and two more magistrates as additional electoral officers for carrying out the process smoothly. Nominations will begin at 11am on Thursday and will continue till 3pm on June 4 following which the forms will be scrutinized. Choubey said applicants can withdraw their names till June 6 and symbols will be allotted the next day. “Polling will be conducted on 901 booths across 55 wards of the Ranchi Municipal Corporation area in which 7,12,371 electors comprising 3,31,695 women and 3,80,676 men will exercise their franchise,” he said.
The mayoral elections will give around 13,000 first-time voters a chance to exercise their franchise. Choubey said ahead of the Lok Sabha general elections a special drive was launched to include names in the electoral rolls. “Due to the huge number of applications received by the administration during the three-day special drive for which March 24 was fixed as the last date, all the names could not be included,” Choubey said, clarifying that those 13, 981 new voters included in the voters’ list would now have an opportunity to vote.
Apart from appointing general observers for the election process, the state election commission has also appointed assistant commissioner, investigation bureau, commercial taxes and Ranchi division Tripurari Singh as the expenditure observer to keep a hawk eye on the expenses of candidates.