PATNA: State Election Commissioner Asok Kumar Chauhan has appealed to people to actively lodge complaints if they come across malpractices during the urban local body (ULB) election in 35 districts of the state on Sunday.
Addressing an interactive session organised by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in Patna day before the polling, Chauhan said people could lodge their complaints with the control room at 0612- 2506994.
He said the State Election Commission (SEC), in a first, put on display information about candidates, including their educational qualification, criminal history, if any, and assets, through banners and posters at ten different places in every ward from where they were contesting election. The affidavits of the candidates have also been uploaded to the website of SEC, he said.
“We have also imparted three-day training to around 450 returning officers and assistant returning officers,” said Chauhan.
Polling has to be held in three phases for 110 ULBs, including eight municipal corporations, 38 municipal councils and 64 nagar panchayats. All the ULB, except those in Patna district, will go the polls during the first phase on May 21.
Altogether 72,21,780 voters will exercise their franchise at 72,989 booths falling in 2,646 wards. The votes cast during the first phase will be counted on May 23 and those cast during the second and third phases on June 9.