Hyderabad: Telangana State will continue to be on election mode through April with the State Election Commission issuing a notification on Thursday for elections to Warangal and Khammam Municipal Corporations besides five municipalities. Polling will be held on April 30 and counting of votes will be taken up on May 3, with all results expected the same day.
The five municipalities going to the polls are — Achampet, Siddipet, Nakrekal, Jadcherla and Kothur. Besides the ULBs, the SEC also issued notification for nine casual vacancies, including Lingojiguda division in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits.
Candidates can file nominations from Friday and the last date for filing nominations is April 18. Nominations will be scrutinised on April 19 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is April 20. As many as 11,26,221 voters will be exercising their franchise in the ULB elections. These include 5,53,862 male voters and 5,72,121 female voters, besides 236 ‘other’ voters. There would be a total of 1,532 polling stations.
In total, elections will be held for 248 wards in the seven ULBs. Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation has 66 wards, Khammam Municipal Corporation (60), Atchampet municipality (20), Siddipet municipality (43), Nakrekal municipality (20), Jadcherla municipality (27) and Kothur municipality (12). As per the schedule, the Returning Officer will issue election notice duly mentioning the reservation of wards on Friday.
The final list of contesting candidates will be published on April 22 and polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm on April 30. Repoll, if required, will be held on May 2, and counting of votes will take place on May 3.
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