Guidelines/Instructions for Candidates
I. Preliminary Information – Ward Level
The following information must be kept ready at the Ward level, at the earliest possible:
• Voter Rolls – Enrolment dates, places
• GHMC Ward number, name and boundaries
• Ward reservation status
• Names, addresses and complete contact details of the Returning Officer (RO), Assist. Returning Officers (AROs) for the Ward
• List of Polling Stations, locations, and PS-wise voters list in the Ward from the RO
II. Electoral Process - Timelines
III. Electoral Process
1.Qualifications for contesting as a GHMC Ward Member:
• The person must be listed as a voter in any Ward of GHMC
• The person must be at least 21 years old
• You must belong to the appropriate reservation category, if contesting from a reserved Ward; any person can contest from a general Ward
• Should not have (any of the) disqualifications (Ref: Section 21 of GHMC Act, 1955) 2.
Disqualifications for contesting as a Ward Member:
• The person should currently not be undertaking any lease or contract for any work with the GHMC
• The person should not be employed as a paid lawyer/advocate on behalf of GHMC or functioning as a lawyer/advocate against the GHMC
• S/he not hold a judicial office in GHMC city limits
• S/he should not owe any dues to the GHMC, for which a notice has been served and the time given has expired.
• The person should not hold an office of profit with GHMC, State level or Union level.
• S/he should not be a Sarpanch, Panchayat Ward Member, MPP Member, ZPP Member, Municipal Ward Member.
• The person should not have been dismissed from public service by Union/State/Local government for misconduct and a competent authority has declared unfit for future public service
• S/he should not have been disqualified from voting in the GHMC elections (Section 20 of GHMC Act) - due to (a) conviction under Section 171E or 171F of IPC, (b) conviction for corrupt or illegal electoral practices or (c) defaulting on filing election expenses or filing false election expenses
• S/he should not have been disqualified for corrupt electoral practices (Section 20-A of GHMC Act)
• S/he should not be convicted for fraud
• S/he should not have been disqualified for not filing election expenses (Section 20-B of GHMC Act)
• The person should not have been sent to jail by a court for offences of moral turpitude.
• You should not be disqualified for contesting as an MLA/MLC.
• You should not have more than two children (after June…, 1995) (Ref: Section 20 - 23 of GHMC Act, 1955)
3. Nomination Form
• It must be filled in Form 8, Schedule A (free copies are available with the RO)
• You can submit a maximum of 4 sets of nominations
• The candidate must provide all necessary details including her/his voter list particulars (showing that s/he is a registered voter in a GHMC Ward)
• The candidate must sign the declaration at the bottom of the Form 8.
• The form needs the signature and voter particulars of one proposer, who must be a registered voter in the same Ward from which the candidate is contesting. The candidate cannot become his/her own proposer.
• A voter can propose for more than one candidate – but the one submitted first will be considered by the RO. Also, it is better to have different proposers for each set of nomination.
• The nomination must presented by the candidate or his proposer.
To be submitted along with nomination forms:
After submission of your nomination, you should collect from the RO:
4. Scrutiny of Nomination Form
• You can take along with you, your proposer, your election agent and one other person (duly authorized in writing).
Grounds for rejection of nomination:
• The candidate is clearly disqualified for contesting as a Ward Member
• The candidate does not meet any of the qualifications
• If the proposer is not a voter in the same Ward
• If a person other than the candidate or proposer submitted the nomination papers to the RO.
• If the nomination has not been delivered to authorized office, at the authorized location, during the specified hours, in the specified dates.
• If the nomination paper in incomplete or not in the proper format.
• If deposit is not made.
• If all the supporting documents have not been submitted along with the nomination paper. You should carry the following documents for scrutiny:
• Copy of electoral roll or a certified extract proving your and your proposer’s particulars.
• Evidence about your age.
• Receipts of deposit, nomination form
• Caste certificate (if applicable)
• Any other material to defend your nomination form
B. Campaign Period
• Election campaign must be according to the Model Code of Conduct
• Permission from Municipal authorities for loud speakers; police permission for meetings, rallies, etc
• Pamphlets should have the necessary information - declaration from the printer to the ECI (Annexure A and B in the Handbook for Candidates)
• Voter slips can be printed and distributed – should not contain the party/candidate’s names, particulars, campaign slogans, etc.
• Candidate’s Election Agent must be in touch with the RO’s office for regular meetings for – EVM randomization, any changes in the polling stations, complaints, etc.
• Election expenses must be maintained in the prescribed format (given by the RO during nomination). Expenses must be filed with the District Election Authority within 45 days of the declaration of the result. (Section 617-B of GHMC Act).
C. Polling Day
• Appointment of Polling Agents as per Form 14; functions of Polling Agents and necessary documents to be carried by them as per instructions therein.
D. Counting Day
• Appointment of Counting Agent through Form 15
Lok Satta forms campaign committee: GHMC polls
The Lok Satta Party has formed a three-member committee to supervise the party’s campaign in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. Comprising Mr. Katari Srinivasa Rao, Mr.N. Ravinder and Dr. Panduranga Rao, the committee will be in charge of training party candidates, ward-wise manifesto preparation and election campaign in general.
The party also carved out GHMC into four zones and named Presidents and Secretaries to three of them to carry the party’s ‘surajya’ movement to every doorstep.
The following are the nominees: West Zone (Malkajigiri, Kutbullapur, Kukatpally, Serilingampalli, Patancheru and Rajendranagar Assembly constituencies) – Mr. J. Krishna Rao – President and Mr. Surender – Secretary, North Zone (Jubilee Hills, Khairatabad, Musheerabad, Amberpet, Sanathnagar and Nampalli) – Mrs. A. Subhashini – President and Mr. M. Jagan – Secretary, and East Zone (Uppal, L.B. Nagar, Malakpet, Secunderabad and Cantonment) – Mr. M. Jaswant Reddy – President and Mr. M. Panduranga Rao – Secretary. The President and the Secretary for the South Zone will be named later.
Talking to the media, party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao said the Lok Satta aimed at formation of ward governments so that local problems could be solved at the local level. It would also fight for a per capita grant of Rs.1000 to every division for fulfilling local needs. Mr. Srinivasa Rao disclosed that the party had finalized candidates for 80 divisions and would announce them soon. Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan would be taking up the electoral campaign from the month-end.
Lok Satta releases first list: GHMC elections
The Lok Satta Party today released the first list of candidates who will contest the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections scheduled to be held soon.
Announcing the list for 35 seats party leaders Katari Srinivasa Rao, V. Laxman Balaji and G. Raja Reddy said the list does not feature sons and daughters of Lok Satta Party leaders. All those who have been chosen are dedicated party workers who have come up in life on their own. Some others who are keen on improving the living conditions in the city also have been chosen.
The party is fielding BC and SC candidates in six general seats (BCs in Vidyanagar, P & T Colony, Azampura, Saidabad and Suraram Colony and SC in Balkampet).
The Lok Satta will contest the GHMC elections with the agenda of forming division-level governments. Its promises include grant of Rs.2 crore to Rs.5 crore to each division depending on its population, improvement in traffic and security in colonies, and time-bound redressal of people’s problems.
The following is the list of candidates: Kachiguda Division: Manne Premalata, VidyaNagar: Metla Jaganmohan, Nallakunta: Kotturu Geetamurthi, Himayatnagar: Eturi Padmavati, Jublihills: Jasthi Anjana Vani, Gaddiannaram: Koppula Sandhya, Hayathnagar: Ganji Nageswara Rao, Karmanghat: Boddu Jyothi Reddy, Kothapet: P.Bhaskara Rao, P&T colony: Lingampalli Padmavathi, Vanasthalipuram: Pitta Moghanath Reddy , Saroor nagar: S. Sumathi, Akbarbagh: M.Sravan Kumar, Azampura: Ambi Hanumantharao, Saidabad: Kotla Vinodkumar, Salimnagar: Gundavaram Venugopalarao, Defence Colony: Suraiah Chowdary, Gowtham nagar: Yamijala Sudha, Machchabollaram: M.A.Srinivas, Adikmet: M.Padmapriya, Gandhinagar: K. Padmaja, Chintal: Doodekula Allabhaksh, Suraram colony: Thota Venkateswara Prasad, Sivarampalli: R.Rajasekhar, Ameerpet: Jaswant Singh Jathan, Bulkumpet: P. Saritha Sekhar, Sanatnagar : Ujjeni Ravinder rao, Bowdhdhanagar : Balamani Manjari, Mettuguda: P. Venkatesh, Chandanagar : Arugonda Ashok, Gatchibowli: Hanumantharao Parnandi, Hafizpet : Ballam Ravi, Vivekanandanagar colony : Katta Ramakrishna, Charlapalli: Kota Nagaraju, Nacharam division: Bekkari Ravinder Reddy.
Lok Satta releases second list: GHMC elections
The Lok Satta Party today released the second list of its candidates for 32 more seats in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. With this, the party has named candidates to contest from 71 seats so far.
The list was released by Mr. V. Ramachandraiah, party’s Election Authority Chairman.
Party leaders Katari Srinivasa Rao and V. Laxman Balaji told the media that the contestants include lawyers, engineers, lecturers, social workers, business people and housewives.Most of them belonged to middle and lower middle classes and had come up in life on their own.
All the contestants affirmed they had no criminal background and pledged not to lure voters with inducements like money and liquor.
The Lok Satta is contesting the elections on the plank of devolving powers and resources on elected divisionaal committees.
Following is the second list of candidates:
Amberpet: Mylaram Raju, Baghamberpet: Miryala Srinivas, Barkatpura: Varakantham Ramshaker Reddy, Golnaka: Babitha Pawar, Nallakunta: Srivari Bharathi, Somajiguda: D. Ramachandra Rao, Champapet: Madikanti Ramesh, Gaddiannaram: Basavaraju Suhasini, Mansoorabad: Dasyam Venkata Laxmi, Ramakrishnapuram: Sambavu Prathibha, Moosarambagh: Gaddam Pandu Yadav, Moula Ali: K. Swapna, Safilguda: SV Gajanani, Baghlingampally: Ragamalla Ravinder Reddy, Bholakpur: Ammanavari Nandu, Kavadiguda: GUdaparthi Paramesh, Ramnagar: Laddiperla Vanisree Mahesh Gowd, Ramachandrapuram: A.Pranitha, Gajula Ramaram: Dr.Kurra Ravinder Goud, Jagadgirigutta: Kasula Srinivasa Chary, Jeedimetla: Tuniki Vikram Simha, Qutbullapur: Bollompally Venkatram Reddy, Mailardevpally: Banda Rajesh Yadav, Begumpet: Gowri Kambampati, Padmaraonagar: Kottepogu Nagamani, Ramgopalpet: Narsingam Kalpana Satish, Chilakalguda: Muddapaka Vimala Naidu, Tarnaka: Gangavarapu Sindhu Kalyani, Lingampally: Ganta Matam Chenna Veeraiah, Maredpally: M. Swetha Yadav, Kapra: Lavanya Shah, I.S Sadan: Nakkaboina Veerender Babu