Shimla MC Polls 2017: Reservation details among 34 wards released, May 1 last date to submit objections
State Election Commission and Deputy Commissioner, Shimla would remain open on April 30, 2017 and May 1, 2017 in order to receive claims and objections.
SHIMLA– For Shimla Municipal Corporation elections 2017, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh has notified the reservation among the thirty four (34) wards in the municipal areas of the Shimla. The date and schedule for elections is still to be notified. The number of wards has been delimited to 34 from 25 in 2012. SMC is one of the oldest Municipal Corporation of India. This year, the SMC polls will be held in indirect manner where councilors will elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. In 2012, the direct elections were held for SMC in which public had given chance to CPI(M) by electing Sanjay Chauhan as the Mayor and Tikendar Panwar as Deputy Mayor of SMC. However, government has again switched the mode to indirect from direct. This year, the candidates will be fighting without party symbols.
Reservation Details for all 35 wards
|2. Ruldu Bhatta||Un-reserved|
|5. Summer Hill||Female|
|9. Kachi Ghatti||Un-reserved|
|10. Tuti Kandi-Badai||Un-reserved|
|13. Krishna Nagar||Male|
|14. Ram Bazar||Un-reserved|
|15. Lower Bazar||Un-reserved|
|16. Jakhoo Woman||Female|
|18. Engine Ghar||Female|
|19. Sanjauli Chowk||Un-reserved|
|20. Upper Dhalli||Female|
|21. Lower Dhalli||Un-reserved|
|22. Shanti Vihar||Female|
|26. Pantha Ghati||Un-reserved|
|28. Chhotta Shimla||Female|
|29. Vikas Nagar||Female|
|30. Kangna Dhar||Female|
|32. New Shimla||Un-reserved|
|34. Kanlog Woman||Female|
Earlier, the voters list released for SMC polls faced widespread criticism for its discrepancies. The voters were either missing or were shifted to other wards. After the criticism, the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, who is also the Returning Officer for polls, had released revised list. As per the revised list, the number of voters in Malyana ward was increased from 171 to 481, while Bhattakuffar (855) and upper Dhalli (880) are the only wards with less than 1,000 voters.
In Krishnanagar ward, the number of voters was reduced to 3,803 from the previous 4,105, while the wards with more than 3,000 voters include Khalini (3,520), Rulduibhatta (3,393), Vikasnagar (3,143) and Annandale (3,137). As per the revised list, the number of voters is now 75,843 in the SMC polls.
However, even the revised poll lists didn’t appear justified to parties. The parties claim that names of thousands of voters are still missing.
On the other other hand, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh while disposing of the matter regarding preparation of electoral rolls has directed that the State Election Commission and Deputy Commissioner, Shimla would remain open on April 30, 2017 and May 1, 2017 in order to receive claims and objections. A spokesperson of the State Election Commission said that any eligible person could submit his claim/objection on the above said dates in these offices, so that they can exercise their right to franchise in the ensuing elections to SMC.
The final voters’ lists will be published on May 4.
As per 2011 census, the population of the SMC area has rose from 1, 42,553 in 2001 to 1,69,578. Considering the increase in the population in the various wards, the number of wards was increased this year.