Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Municipal Elections in Hills on May 14

The municipality elections in the hill city of Darjeeling are set to take place on May 14. The notification by the West Bengal State Election Commission for the elections in seven municipalities of five districts was issued last month.

The municipality elections in the hill city of Darjeeling are set to take place on May 14. The notification by the West Bengal State Election Commission for the elections in seven municipalities of five districts was issued last month. The municipality general elections will be held in – Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik, Kalimpong, Uttar Dinajpur, Murshidabad, and South 24 Parganas. The counting of votes is likely to take place on May 17.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has set its feet in West Bengal and is gearing up for the municipal polls. BJP President Amit Shah visited West Bengal last month and attacked the Mamata Banerjee government in the state over ‘poor state of Bengal’. Shah said that only BJP could bring development in Bengal and make it like Gujarat and Maharashtra.

On the other hand, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) have struck an alliance and have decided upon a seat-sharing arrangement. The CPM, which did not field a single candidate in the last civic polls, has fielded candidates in five wards of Darjeeling town and seven in Kalimpong. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has released a list of 20 candidates for Kurseon Municipality.

Here are the details you need to know about the municipality general elections in these seven districts:

1) April 24 – Last date of filing nominations
2) April 25 – Scrutiny of nominations
3) April 27 – Last date of withdrawing nomination
4) May 14 – Date of polling: Time – 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
5) May 19 – Election process to be completed