[A Janata Dal (S) worker campaigns for party candidates in the 2012 Malegaon Municipal Corporation elections (File Photo ummid.com]
Malegaon: A total of 3,91,320 voters will exercise their democratic rights to elect as many as 84 Corporators in 21 wards of Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) election for which is likely to be held any time in the coming two months.
This will be the first time in Malegaon when panel-wise election will be held. Under this system, each registered voter will cast votes to elect four members in a ward.
The Election Commission has not announced the official schedule of the Malegaon civic body elections so far. The Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) elections were held on April 15 in 2012. Hence it is most likely that the elections will be held in April, and a formal announcement in this regard is expected any moment.
According to the final voter list released by Municipal Commissioner Ravindra S Jagtap Tuesday, Ward No. 19 will have a maximum 24,758 voters whereas Ward No 20 will have a total of 9,149 voters - the least number in the total 21 wards.
Out of the total 391,320 voters who will cast their votes in the Malegaon MMC 2017 elections, 206,130 voters are Male and 185,189 Female.
Municipal Commissioner Ravindra Jagtap also ruled out any tampering risk with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and said like other parts of the country election in Malegaon will also be held using Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).
He also said that the department keeps 10% of the total EVMs in stock so that any faulty machine can be immediately replaced.
While releasing the Final Voter List, the Malegaon Municipal Corporation Election Department also conducted the training session of "True Voter" App for existing and aspiring corporators.
Maharashtra State Election Commission launced "True Voter" mobile application to let citizens check voters’ lists and also keep a tab on election expenditure by of candidates contesting polls from their wards.
True Voter App also has ‘Secure Your Vote’ feature, which helps the voter to protect his or her identity to avoid impersonation during polling using a security question. Instances of bogus voting can also be reported using the app.
In total, the "True Voter" App offers nine services, including searching the voter list, candidates’ visions, their poll expenses and a polling booth locator.
In 2012 Malegaon Civic Elections, the Congress party winning 25 of the total 80 seats had emerged as the single largest party. Teesra Mahaz, led by former MLA Mufti Ismael won 23 seats, Shiv Sena won 11 seats, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 08 seats and Janata Dal (S) won 04 seats.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) won 02 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) won 01 seat and Malegaon Vikas Aghadi won 02 seats and Indepents won the remaining two.