Hyderabad: The State Election Commission has on Friday directed the GHMC Election Authority to conduct the elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor on February 11 at 12.30 pm.
The first meeting of the newly-elected council will be held on February 11, where election for the mayor and deputy mayor will be held.
The term of the newly-elected corporation would be five years from the date of the first meeting of the corporation. “SEC will shortly publish the names of elected ward members in the Telangana State Gazette,” GHMC said in a statement issued on Friday.
For instance, if the names of elected members are published in the gazette before January 11, then the first meeting would be held before February 11.
The SEC also announced that candidates who contested in the GHMC polls should submit election expenditure details before January 17.
Candidates who do not submit the expenditure would not be eligible to contest elections in future.
The SEC would hold a meeting with 30 election observers on January 8 to take stock of the situation and table the number of candidates who are yet to submit the poll expenditure.
The observers would serve notices on the candidates who have not submitted the expenditure.
As per the rules, the candidates were supposed to submit their election expenditure within 45 days from the date of declaration of results.
The ruling TRS bagged 56 divisions, while BJP secured 48 divisions and MIM won in 44 divisions in the elections that were held on December 1 after a high octane campaign.
Brief On GHMC Mayoral Elections:
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is all set to get its new mayor and deputy mayor on February 11, the state election commission said. The process of appointment will take place after newly-elected ward members take an oath.
“The presiding officer will administer the oath of office to the newly elected GHMC ward members on February 11 at 11.00 am. A special meeting would be followed at 12.30 pm for the election of the mayor and then the deputy mayor,” the SEC said in a statement on Friday. The SEC has appointed an IAS officer to administer the election process.
The incumbent mayor Bonthu Rammohan’s term would end on February 10. As per the provisions of Section 88 (b) of the GHMC Act, the first meeting of the present Corporation was held on February 10, 2016. Thus, as per the provisions of Section 6 of the GHMC Act, the term of the existing Corporation would expire on February 10, 2021.
It would be interesting to see which party’s candidate would hold the mayoral post. In the results of the elections held in December, TRS emerged as the single largest party with 56 seats in the 150-member GHMC council and the BJP is close behind with 48 seats. The MIM stood third with 45 and the Congress party managed to secure only 2 seats.
As reported earlier, this time the civic body will have a woman mayor.