A total of 711 candidates have filed nominations for the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation polls slated for April 11. Monday was the last date for filing nominations during which 607 candidates filed their papers. The last day of filing nominations saw 607 candidates filing their nominations. The nominations were filed in returning election office of the respective nodes. The highest numbers of candidates was found in Vashi node which was 122, followed by Nerul wherein 105 candidates filed nominations. In Ghansoli 91 candidates applied, while in Belapur 84, Koparkhairane 83, Airoli 74 and Digha 71. NMMC had sold 1547 applications out of which a total of 711 have been filed for nominations. The last date of withdrawal is March 29. While the final list of the contenders with symbols will be declared on March 30. Altogether, 6,29,923 voters comprising 3, 53, 413 men and 2,76,510 women are expected to exercise there franchise on the voting day in 89 wards spread across the city. Counting will be held at Saraswati Vidayalay, Airoli; New Bombay City School, Ghansoli; Sacred Heart School, Vashi and Vidya Bhavan School, Nerul. NMMC would be deploying 4000 staff from CIDCO, Konkan Bhavan, Thane Zilla Parishad, Thane Municipal Corporation and Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation to ensure unbiased and fair voting. The staff to be employed on election duty from other departments will be trained on March 24, 25, April 4 and 5. Navi Mumbai comprises a total of 6.29 lakh voters. Of the 89 wards, 30 are reserved for women while 31 wards have been kept aside for scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward castes. A total of 39 wards are for candidates belonging to general category. According to code of conduct rules, the candidates are allowed to spend only Rs 1 lakh during the election. They have to give daily review of expenditure to the authorities. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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