CHANDIGARH, MARCH 21
The State Election Commission, Haryana has brought out the third issue of the report on the Fourth Municipal General Elections-2010 held in two phases in May and December 2010 in the state. The report highlights statistics relating to several attributes of contesting candidates.
While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Commission said that the report was unique in several ways as it gives statistics relating to several attributes of contesting candidates such as age, gender, political affiliation, educational qualification, occupation and gender-wise total number of voters and votes polled. He said that it was the first time that such a huge data on several aspects of election has been collected, compiled, analyzed and presented in an easy to read and comprehend format.
He said that in the first phase, the elections were held on May 20, 2010 to 35 wards of Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, 266 wards of 10 municipal councils and 436 wards of 28 municipal committees. He said that in the second phase the elections were held on December 19, 2010 to 62 wards of two municipal councils and 13 wards of one municipal committee.
Giving details about the statistics in education aspect, he said that out of the total 812 elected member in the municipal bodies that is Municipal Corporation, Municipal Councils and Municipal Committees only 68 person were found illiterate (8.4 per cent), 208 were under matric (25.6 per cent), 202 matric (24.9 per cent), 118 inter-mediate that is (14.5 per cent), 129 graduates that is (15.9 per cent), 51 Post Graduate and above (6.3 per cent) and 36 doctors, engineers and advocates (4.4 per cent).
He said that as far as occupational aspect is concerned, out of the total 812 elected member in the municipal bodies, five members were found doctor that consist (0.6 per cent), 24 advocates (3.0 per cent), 87 farmers (10.7 per cent), 288 business men ( 35.5 per cent), 22 social workers (2.7 per cent), 301 house wives (37.1 per cent), 44 service men or Ex-service men (5.4 per cent), 33 laborers (4.1 per cent ) and 8 unemployed or students ( 1.0 per cent).
The spokesman informed that in the age group aspect, in the Municipal Corporation elections held in total 35 wards, four members were found between the age group of 21 to 30 years, 15 between 31 to 40 years, eight between 41 to 50 years, six between 51 to 60 years and two above 60 years of age. Similarly, in the Municipal Councils elections held in 328 wards, 47 members were found between the age group of 21 to 30 years, 125 between 31 to 40 years, 110 between 41 to 50 years, 35 between 51 to 60 years and 11 above 60 years. In Municipal Committee elections held in 449 wards, as many as 69 members were found between 21 to 30 years, 177 between 31 to 40 years, 124 between 41 to 50, 56 between 51 to 60 and 23 above 60 years.
The votes polled to total votes in the Municipal Corporation, Councils and Committees was 46.95, 72.3 and 79.1 percent respectively. It was 47.05 per cent for males and 46.82 per cent for females in Corporation, 72.1 per cent for males and 72.5 per cent for females in Councils and 79.3 per cent for males and 78.9 per cent for females in Committees. The percentage of votes polled to total votes was almost the same for both males and females.
He further state that the Commission has taken numerous steps to simplify the process of conducting elections in the State. It was the first time when Electronic Voting Machines were used in the Municipal General Elections. In addition, Information Technology tools were used extensively with a view to bringing transparency and efficiency in the system.
He said that the present report would prove to be a valuable asset for the field officers, especially Deputy Commissioners, Revising Authorities and officers of Municipal Bodies as important guidelines with minute details have been incorporated in the various chapters of the report. The report shall also be useful for political parties and scholars of universities, colleges and research institutions, who may be interested in grass-root democratic processes in urban areas. The report can be viewed on the Commission’s website, www.secharyana.gov.in.