PREPARATION OF BALLOT PAPER-ORDERS OF THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION

In pursuance of Rule 36(1) of the Karnataka Muncipalities (Election of Councillors) Rules, 1977 and Rule 29(1) of the Karnataka Muncipal Corporation (Election) Rules 1979, it is hereby directed that the ballot papers for an election to the Corporation/City Muncipal council/Town Muncipal Council/Town Panchayats shall be prepared as indicated below:

(1)

Every Ballot paper shall have the counterfoil attached to it. The counterfoil shall be at the top of the ballot pater and its depth shall not ordinarily exceed 15 Ems. The counterfoil shall contain the following:


(a)   The space for stitching at the top Center of the counterfoil.
(b)   A black border of 1 Em at the top of the counterfoil.
(c)  

The particulars of the election shall be printed immediately below item (b) above and will contain serial number and name of the City Municipal Council/Town Municipal Council/Town Panchayats Ward and the year of election and the legend "General" or "Bye" election printed after the year depending on whether the ballot paper is intended for General Election or a Bye-election as illustrated below:


(1)   For General Election to the Corporation. --------------- Ward --------------- Corporation General Election 2001
(2)   For Bye-election to the Corporation. --------------- Ward --------------- Corporation Bye Election 2001
(3)   For General Election to the City Muncipal Council. --------------- Ward --------------- CMC General Election 2001
(4)   For Bye-election to the City Muncipal Council. --------------- Ward --------------- CMC Bye Election 2001
(5)   For General Election to the Town Muncipal Council. --------------- Ward --------------- TMC General Election 2001
(6)   For Bye-election to the Town Muncipal Council. --------------- Ward --------------- TMC Bye Election 2001
(7)   For General Election to the Town Panchayat. --------------- Ward --------------- TP General Election 2001
(8)   For Bye-election to the Town Panchayat. --------------- Ward --------------- TP Bye Election 2001

(d)   "Electrol roll Part Number" and "Serial number" of elector one below the other on the left hand side or right hand side as may be convenient.
(e)   Serial number of the ballot paper on the left hand side either on the front or on the back as may be convenient to be printed in English numericals.
(f)   Place for sgnature or thumb impression of the elector just above the words "Signature/Thumb impression" ib the right hand side.
(g)   The particulars referred to at (c) (d) and (f) above should be printed in kannada.
(h)   One block of lines of 1 Em with a perforated rule/disjointed straight line below, separating the ballot paper from the counterfoil.

(ii) There shall be one block of lines of 1Em below the perforated rule/disjointed line on the ballot paper.

(iii) The front face of the ballot pater will contain only the name and particulars of the ward and the election, names of the contesting candidates and the symbols of the candidates. The partculars of the ward and the election will be printed in the first shaded area between the panels of first two candidates and will contain the particulars mentioned at (i) (c) above in Kannada.

(iv) Serial number of the ballot paper which will be identical to the Serial number printed on the counterfoil vide item (i) (e) above shall be printed on the left hand side either on the front or on the back as may be convenient. When the serial number is inscribed on the front, it shall be in one of the shaded areas as may be convenient.

(v) The width of the ballot paper will be between 3 inches and 4 inches as may be considered convenient by the Returning Officer for printing the ballot paper.

(vi) The name of the candidate will appear on the left side and his symbol on the right side in a panel.

(vii) The width of the space alloted to each candidates in other words panel will be 6 1/2 Ems and the width of the shaded area between the panels of any two candidates will be 3 Ems. There will be a thick black border of 1 Em width at the bottom of the ballot paper.

(viii) The size of each symbol will not be more than 9 Ems X 5 1/2 Ems.
   
(ix) Subject to any special instruction that may be issued by the State Election Commission, the names of candidates will be printed in the language or languages in which the list of contesting candidates is prepared and they should be printed in the same manner and in the same order in which they appear in the list of contesting candidates.
   

(x)

Where the number of the contesting candidates at an election exceeds 9, the ballot paper shall be printed in two or more columns as may be considered convenient by the Returning Officer. For printing the ballot papers depending on the facilities available in the presses entrusted with the printing of ballot papers. Whereas the ballot paper is printed in two colums, the width of the ballot paper and its counterfoil shall be twice the width of the ballot paper of a single column as specified in paragraph (v) above. Along the middle there shall be a shaded area from top to bottom of 2.5 Ems width. The names of half of the number of contesting candidates will appear in Kannada alphabetical order on the other half. Where the number of contesting candidates is odd, the last panel on the right half of the ballot paper will be completely shaded. Where the ballot paper is printed in three columns, the width of the ballot paper and its counterfoil shall be thrice the width of the ballot paper of a single column as specified in paragraph (v) above and between every two columns along the middle there shall be a shaded area from top to bottom of 2.5 Ems width. The names of 1/3 rd of the number of contesting candidates will appear in the correct Kannada alphabetical order one below the other in the first two columns of the ballot paper and the names of the remaining contesting candidates will appear in Kannada alphabetical order in the last column where the number of candidates is not divisible by 3, the last panel or the last two panels, as necessary in the last column, shall be completely shaded.


(xi) The ballot papers shall be stitched into fifty ballot papers in each bundle with consecutive serial numbers.

 

Note: The same norms are applicable for Rural Panchayat Bodies


S/d
Secretary,
State election Commission