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After Panchayat Polls, AP gears up for Municipal Elections from March 10

Looks like it is going to be another busy poll season in Andhra Pradesh! The State Election Commission (SEC) of Andhra Pradesh issued a notification for conducting elections to 12 municipal corporations and 75 municipalities/nagar panchayats on March 10. 
 
According to the press release, counting of votes will take place on March 14. In fact, the process for elections to the urban local bodies was stopped mid-way in March 2020 due to COVID-19 despite the SEC trying to finish the process. SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar said he has reviewed the situation and decided it is conducive to conduct elections to the urban local bodies.
 
Two of the four phases of panchayat elections in the State have already taken place. With this notification, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the urban areas of the entire State with effect from February 15. It will be in force till the completion of the election process. Now, the election process will commence from the withdrawal of nominations stage.
 
The SEC informed that the withdrawal of nominations will begin on March 2 and conclude on March 3. After 3 pm on the same day, the final list of contestants will be announced. Polling will be held on March 10 and repolling if needed will be conducted on March 13. Election results will be declared on March 14. 
 
Vizianagaram, Eluru, Machilipatnam, Guntur, Ongole, Tirupati, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool, Anantapur, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada  municipal corporations in the State will go to polls.
 
Clarifying doubts with regard to the withdrawal of nominations and the procedure to be followed in case of contestant’s death, the SEC explained that any candidate can withdraw his nomination by submitting a notice, which should contain particular as mentioned in Form 9 of Schedule A in case of municipal corporation and Form V in case of municipality/nagar panchayat. 
 
It should be submitted to the returning officer before 3 pm on March 3 in person or through an election agent. “No person who has given notice for withdrawal of nomination, will be allowed to cancel it later. The withdrawal notices will be displayed in the office of ROs,” he added. 

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