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Vijayapura: VCC campaign ends, polling to be held on Oct 28

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Vijayapura: The hectic campaigning finally came to an end and the date has come for the voters to choose the Corporator of their choice for Bijapur City Corporation, which is on Friday October 28.

All the political parties and the independent candidate conducted intense campaigning for the polls in their respective wards in order to woo the voters.

City Corporation is going for polls for the first time after the CMC was upgraded to the Corporation about nine years ago. Though the Corporation completed its five year tenure, owing to various technical hurdles, legal hurdles and the Covid pandemic, the elections could not be held for the City Corporation.

Now, the campaigning has ended and the key is in the hands of the voters to seal the fate of the candidates.

Following the announcement of the election and notification issued on October 10, the parties and the aspirants got into poll mode.

The parties, mainly the national parties, had tough time in selecting the candidates as the parties such as the ruling BJP and the Congress were receiving too many aspirants.

Several aspirants who could not get the ticket from their desired party, either chose to fight as an independent candidate or secured ticket from regional parties.

Besides the BJP and the Congress, the parties that are in fray are JD(S), AAP, AIMIM and SDPI.

While Congress has fielded candidates for all the 35 wards, no other party including the BJP could get candidates for all 35 wards.

According to the District Administration, a total of 174 candidates are testing their luck in the City Corporation elections.

Of them, Congress has fielded 35 candidates for 35 wards, BJP has fielded 33 candidates, JD (S) 20, AAP 15, AIMIM 4, KRS and Janata Party 3 each, SDPI 2, BSP 1 and some 58 independent candidates are also in the fray.

As many as 303 booths have been set up for the elections. Section 144 has been imposed around 100 metre areas of the polling booths till the end of polling.

A total of 2,88,288 votes are eligible for voting, of them 143616 males, 144499 females and 100 are other voters.

The Administration has deployed over 1400 employees for the polling duty. A total of 55 vehicles are being used to transport the staff and the election materials including the EVMs.

Of the total 303 booths, 48 have been identified as hyper sensitive and 83 as sensitive.

Around 700 police staff would be deployed for the polling duty. Besides them, four battalions of KSRP and eight platoons of District Armed Reserve Police would be posted for the duty to ensure peaceful polling.

For voting, the voters could use various identity cards that includes, passport, driving license, voter card, Aadhar card, ID card issued by State or Central Government employees, Kisan Card, bank pass book having picture of the customer, ration card having photo, etc. In total some 22 different identity cards could be used to show to the official during voting, the officials said.

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