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GHMC elections on Feb 2; Nominations from Jan 12

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The Telangana State Election Commission on Friday announced the schedule for conduct of elections for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMH).

Addressing a press conference here, State Election Commissioner V. Nagi Reddy said that nominations could be filed from January 12 onwards. However, being public holidays nominations will not be accepted on January 14 and 15th). The last date for filing of nominations will be January 17. The scrutiny of nominations will be on January 18. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures will be January 21 and same day, the final list of contesting candidates will be published.

Polling will be held on February 2. Repoll, if required, will be held on February 5. The counting of votes and declaration of results will be done on February 5.

As many as 7,757 polling booths will be set up and they will be headed by a Presiding Officer and equal number of Assistant POs. A total of 23, 271 other polling staff will be deputed for the elections. The SEC said that the polling would be held through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

The Model Code of Conduct has come into being with immediate effect. He said all political hoardings would be removed immediately. He said separate notification would be issued for election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor three days after the declaration of results of GHMC elections.

SEC Secretary Ashok, GHMC Commissioner & Special Officer Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy and other officials were also present. (INN)

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