Procedure for Mayoral polls, candidate can win by margin of one vote

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-03-04

Unlike the state assembly where the party with the maximum number of seats gets to install the chief minister, Mumbai’s mayoral polls are a different ballgame.
In Mumbai mayoral polls, which are scheduled to be held on March 8, it is not necessary that the candidate who becomes mayor should get votes above the halfway mark of 114 (in the House of 227 corporators) to get elected. The winner simply needs more votes than his/her rivals. Since the Shiv Sena and BJP fought the civic polls separately, it is likely that the two may field their own nominees for mayor. The Congress, which won 31 seats in the civic polls, also seems to be in the mayoral race.
In the current scenario, the BMC’s municipal secretary department has sent out the agenda of the March 8 meeting to all the newly elected corporators for electing a mayor and deputy mayor. Elections to important panels like BEST, improvements, health and standing committees will take place.
One of the officials in the BMC, who has been part of mayoral elections in the past, said, “The elections are presided over by the existing mayor who is assisted by the municipal secretary staff.”
In the process all the names of the candidates in fray for the mayoral post are listed down and then a civic official goes to each of the 227 corporators’ desk and asks him/her to put their signature against the candidate they are supporting. In the past there have been instances where some parties have abstained from voting or walked out of the meeting halfway.