Scrutiny of nominations over, election scene hotting up


With the completion of the review of candidacy documents, the electoral scene is heating up for the local elections on December 8 in the district.

After review, the 244 applications received for the panchayat of Alappuzha district were accepted. Returning officers accepted 1,585 nominations for six municipalities in the district and rejected 109. Of the 971 nominations received for block panchayats, 941 were accepted. No less than 8,280 nominations were accepted for grama panchayats, while 181 were rejected.

The last day for the withdrawal of applications is November 23.

A majority of candidates have started campaigning head-on by visiting homes and through digital media. Meanwhile, the rebels are giving sleepless nights to the political fronts at several district headquarters. With two more days for the withdrawal of candidatures, the political parties are trying to convince the rebels to withdraw their candidacies.

A number of congressional district leaders who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in recent days have put the party in a difficult position.

As the election campaign gains momentum, District Receiver A. Alexander, who is also the district election officer, urged political parties and candidates to follow COVID-19 protocols. He called on them to strictly follow the instructions issued by the Department of Health.

Mr. Alexander also visited counting centers in Mavelikara, Bharanikavu and Chengannur ahead of the election.

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