The elections process for the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) resumed on Monday with the election commission issuing the notification. When the elections were postponed on March 15 last year, scrutiny of nominations was over. In all, 1,361 candidates belonging to various parties filed their nominations then for 98 wards in 8 zones under GVMC jurisdiction. Of them, 99 nominations were rejected and there are 1,262 valid nominations.
Meanwhile, as GVMC commissioner G Srijana went on leave, VMRDA commissioner P Koteswara Rao has been appointed in-charge commissioner. Incidentally, Koteswara Rao was in-charge commissioner and officiated the election process in March last year. Speaking to Hello Vizag on Tuesday, Koteswara Rao said the SEC notification was very clear that the process which began last year will continue. He said returning officers, who were appointed then, will continue to be ROs.
On average, one returning officer was appointed for three wards and 31 ROs were appointed for 98 wards. The nominations received include BSP-10, BJP-80, CPI-17, CPM-43, Congress-86- TDP-380, Independents 270 and others 1. He said polling staff, who were appointed earlier will continue to discharge their duties and changes will be made wherever it is required.
Meanwhile, district collector, V Vinay Chand said notification was issued for GVMC elections and two municipalities – Narsipatnam and Yelamanchili. He said the model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect. Withdrawal of nominations will be allowed till March 3 and polling will be held on March 10 and counting of votes will be taken up on March 14.