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CM Devendra scraps panel system for NMMC Elections 2015

NAVI MUMBAI: Sources in the Mantralaya and the civic body have said that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis planning to scrap the plan of using a panel system to conduct civic election next year.

In the panel system, wards were to be divided on the basis of population as two candidates would represent the people. So, a ward would be divided into 23,000 people instead of 18,000. Currently, there are 89 wards which were to increase to 111. “In that system it was necessary that the corporator contesting was popular in the neighbouring ward as well. It was unusual as we focus only on our ward. Practically, this system would lead to arguments between the two corporators as they may have different ideas,” said NCP corporator Shivram Patil.

The civic body, too, which was redrawing wards will need to change their plans.

“As just one corporator will contest elections, each ward will be now be divided into groups of 10,000 people,” said Abasaheb Jarhad, municipal commissioner.

Civic staffers said that they expect the state to send out a government resolution soon to officially announce that the panel system has been cancelled.

“We are very happy about this decision, we will abide by it wholeheartedly,” said Sena corporator Vithal More.nmmc-hq

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