Nagpur: Filing of nomination papers for Nagpur and Ramtek Lok Sabha constituencies commenced on Monday. Candidates have to ensure that not a single column remains unfilled. The candidates have to submit their nomination papers till 3 pm on March 25. The candidates will have to submit their nominations in Form-2A.
According to directives of Election Commission of India, in case of a recognised political party, the candidate’s nomination should be backed by one proposer who is a registered voter in the Lok Sabha constituency concerned. In case of candidate of non-recognised party or Independent candidate, there should be at least 10 proposers, who are registered voters in the constituency concerned. The nomination paper should have in attachment duly filled in Form 26 (Part A, Part B) and affidavit. Each page of the affidavit should be signed by the deponent and the affidavit should bear on each page the stamp of the Notary or Oath Commissioner or Magistrate before whom the affidavit is sworn.
In the reserved category constituency, it is mandatory for candidates to submit caste certificate duly signed by competent authority along with nomination papers. The General category candidates are required to remit an amount of Rs 25,000 as security deposit and those belonging to Scheduled Caste/Tribe have to remit Rs 12,500 as security deposit. The candidates of national or State-level and recognised parties are required to submit Form A and Form B of respective party along with the nomination papers. A candidate can submit maximum four nomination papers. Besides, a candidate cannot contest from more than two Lok Sabha constituencies. At the time of submission of the nomination papers to the administration, maximum five persons including the candidate can remain present in the cabin of Returning Officer concerned. The candidates and their supporters can bring maximum three vehicles in the premises of the office of Returning Officer concerned.
Interestingly, the candidates will be on their toes as there are three government holidays during the nomination filing days.
Talking to media persons, the District Collector and District Election Officer Ashwin Mudgal said there are total 40,24,197 registered voters in the district. In the special drive undertaken till January 31, 2019, 64,895 new voters registered themselves in the electoral rolls. There will be 4382 polling stations in the district out of which 82 have been declared as sensitive. Additional 47 polling stations will be set up for newly registered voters.
Close watch on social media:
Mudgal said that the poll campaigning through social media will be under a close watch. The candidates will have to provide information regarding their social media accounts in their affidavits. Two Monitoring Committees have been set up to keep watch on social media in Nagpur district. The candidates will have make public their accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube etc. The videos published in social media will be considered as advertisements. Contents posted will also monitored closely. It is mandatory for candidate to furnish details regarding his/her e-mail id, contact numbers, social media account(s), Mudgal said.