Mumbai/Malegaon: The elections in Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) and Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC) along with the maiden elections for the Panvel City Municipal Corporation will be held on May 24, Maharashtra State Election Commissioner J S Saharia announced on Wednesday.
Saharia also said that counting of votes in Malegaon, Bhiwandi and Panvel would be done on May 26. Election results would also be announced on the same day, he said.
The nomination papers for the elections will be accepted online from April 29 to May 6 (excluding May 1 being the Maharashtra Day). The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on May 8, and the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is May 11, Saharia said.
The allotment of election symbols will be done on May 12 and the final publication of the list of contestants will be made on May 12, he said.
The elections will be the test for the Congress to retain power in the Bhiwandi-Nizampur and the Malegaon municipal corporations, whereas in the newly-created Panvel municipal corporation, the contest is expected to be between the NCP and the Peasants and Workers Party of India (PWP-I).
A total of 3,91,320 voters will exercise their democratic rights to elect as many as 84 Corporators in 21 wards of Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) election for which is likely to be held any time in the coming two months.
This will be the first time in Malegaon when panel-wise election will be held. Under this system, each registered voter will cast votes to elect four members in a ward.
The Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation consists of a total of 90 seats. The population of Bhiwandi-Nizampur civic body is around 7.09 lakh and the number of registered voters in the corporation is around 4.79 lakhs.
The Panvel Municipal Corporation, which is going for the polls for the first time, has a total of 5.09 lakh population with around 4.25 lakh voters. The newly created Panvel Municipal Corporation will have a total of 78 seats.
In 2012, the elections to the Bhiwandi-Nizampur and the Malegaon municipal corporations were held on April 15 though the terms of both the urban civic bodies were supposed to expire on June 10 and June 14, respectively.