BBMP polls on July 28

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BBMP polls on July 28

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will finally go to polls on July 28 and the counting of votes will take place on July 31. 

Polls for all 198 wards will be held based on the reservation list published by the government on April 13, State Election Commissioner P N Srinivasachary told reporters while releasing the calendar of events here on Thursday.  

With this announcement, the model code of conduct has come into effect. The total number of candidates in the fray will be known only on July 20, the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

There will also be a cap on election expenditure for the candidates (Rs 5 lakh) and 88 nodal officers will assist observers to keep an eye on the expenses.

This time, 71.22 lakh voters can exercise their franchise, including 1,126 people from the third gender. The voters, however, will not be able to exercise Nota (None Of The Above) option, said Srinivasachary. 

Nota option was available in the previous Assembly as well as the Lok Sabha polls.To oversee the elections, 88 officers, besides those from the State Election Commission (SEC), have been roped in. 

There will be four district election officers, 28 additional district officers, 53 returning officers and an equal number of additional returning officers, 198 assistant returning officers for each ward, 27 election returning officers, 63 assistant election returning officers, 27 observers and five special observers. 

As many as 7,429 presiding officers and 22,262 polling officers will ensure smooth voting. The commission has decided to use 9,309 electronic voting machines and 11,635 ballot units.

The SEC has sought Rs 20 crore to conduct the elections of which Rs 12 crore has been provided by the BBMP, while the State government will release rest of the funds.

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