Nearly 500 candidates file papers for 28 segments

More than 471 candidates have filed their nominations for the 28 constituencies in Bengaluru until early evening on Tuesday. Officials were counting the numbers till late night.

With Tuesday being the last day for filing nominations, many candidates rushed to file or revise their affidavits, with 330 of them filing papers with the returning officer, taking the number of total nominations in the city to 687.  “Candidates gave the token fee and kept the returning officers waiting while checking their papers. Filing of nominations continued till evening due to the last-minute rush,” an officer said.

Congress led with 74 nominations, followed by BJP (64) and JD(S) (44). There were 16 nominations from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates. As usual, more than 100 independents have jumped into the fray. The other parties such as Nationalist Congress Party has filed 5 nominations and CPM has filed 4.

Chickpet has received the highest number of 42 nominations by 30 candidates and Pulakeshi Nagar has seen the lowest candidates with only 10 of them filing their nominations. Candidates who wish to withdraw their nominations can do so by April 27. District Election Officer (DEO) also said that the voter’s list and voter guide will be distributed from May 1st to May 5th this year.

The scrutiny of nomination papers will commence from Wednesday, during which a candidate can be accompanied by a maximum of four people, including his election agent and lawyer.

The whole procedure will be video-recorded. Objections to nominations can also be filed during this time. Candidates can also see the affidavits of the rivals.

The votes of polls for the Assembly segments in the Bengaluru Central division will be counted at BMS Women’s College, Bengaluru North segments at Mount Carmel, Bengaluru South at SSMRV and Bengaluru Rural at Maharani Arts and Science College.

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