|THE KARNATAKA MUNICIPAL CORPORATION (ELECTION) RULES,
Conduct of Election of Councillors
Rule : 3.
Conduct of Election:
(1) Election to the Corporation shall be
conducted under the Superintendence, direction and control of the State
(2) Subject to the superintendence,
direction and control of the State Election Commission, the Commissioner
shall coordinate and supervise all work in connection with the conduct
of election to the Corporation. The Commissioner shall also perform such
other functions pertaining to the said elections as may be entrusted to
him by the State Election commission.
(1) The electoral roll referred to in section
23 for each ward of the city shall be split into one or more parts taking
into consideration the area within the ward wherein the voters to be included
in each part reside, so that the voters to be included in each part belong
to a named area, street or road within the ward and the electoral roll
so split up in respect of the several parts of the ward will together
constitute the electoral roll for such ward.
Any person may be nominated as a candidate
to fill a seat in any of the wards of the city, if he is qualified to
be chosen to fill that seat under the provisions of the Act.
(1) On or before the date appointed under
Rule 10 for making nominations, each candidate shall either in person
or by his proposer, between the hours of eleven O'Clock in the
forenoon and three O'Clock in the afternoon deliver to the returning
officer at the place specified in this behalf in the public notice referred
to in rule 10, a nomination paper duly completed in Form 2 and signed
by the candidate and by an elector of the ward as proposer.
Receiving nomination in case of seats reserved under the provisos to sub-section (3) of section 7. Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, where a seat is reserved under the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 7.-
(i) for persons belonging to category "A" of the Backward Classes, the Returning Officer may accept nomination papers from persons belonging to both category A and Category B of the Backward Classes, but shall return the nomination paper filed by a person belonging to Category "B" along with the deposit made in case nomination paper is received from any person belonging to category A, before the expiry of the date and time fixed for making nomination, so however, he may proceed to consider the nomination paper filed by a candidate belonging to category 'B' only, when no nomination paper is received from a person belonging to category A before the expiry of the date and time fixed for making nomination.
(ii) for persons belonging to category
B of the Backward Classes, the Returning Officer may accept nomination
papers from persons belonging to both category A and category B of the
backward classes but shall return the nomination paper filed by the person
belonging to category A along with the deposit made in case nomination
paper is received from any person belonging to category B before the expiry
of the date and time fixed for making nomination so however, he may proceed,
to consider, the nomination paper filed by a candidate belonging to category
A only when no nomination paper is received from a person belonging to
category B before the expiry of the date and time fixed for making nomination".
Rule : 17.Recognition of Political Parties
Every political party recognised by the
Election Commission of India as a National Party or as a State Party in
the State of Karnataka under the election Symbols (Reservation and allotment)
Order, 1968 shall be a recognised political party for the purpose of election
of the Corporation.
For the purpose of these rules the State Election Commission shall publish by notification a list of recognised political parties and symbol reserved to each such recognised political party and a list of free symbols.
Rule : 17B.Publication of a list of unrecognised Political Parties :
After Rule 17A of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (Election) Rules 1979 the following shall be inserted namely: The State Election Commission shall also publish by notification a list of un-recognised political parties in the State of Karnataka
Rule : 18. Allotment of Symbols
(1) A candidate set up by a recognised political party in the election shall choose, and shall be allotted, symbol reserved for that party and no other symbol.
(2) A reserved symbol shall not be chosen by or allotted to any candidate other than a candidate set up by a recognised political party.
(3) Any candidate other than the candidate set up by a recognised political party in the election shall choose and shall be allotted in accordance with the rules herein after provided, one of the symbols specified as free symbols:
Provided that in the case of candidate set up by an unrecognised political party in an election shall be allotted the free symbol chosen by candidate and no one else and in case candidate set up by two or more un-recognised political parties choose the same free symbol, the returning officer shall decide by lot which of those candidates set up by such unrecognised political parties that free symbol shall be allotted and allot that free symbol to the candidate to whom the lot falls and to no one else. The remaining free symbols shall be allotted to other candidates.
Explanation: For the purpose of this rule and rule 17B, the expression "Unrecognised political party" means a political party registered as a political party under Section 29A of the Representation of People Act 1951 (Central Act 43 of 1951) and having its registered office or a branch office in Karnataka and which is not a recognised National Party or a recognised State Party in Karnataka within the meaning of the Election Symbol (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968.
(4) Where a free symbol other than the one chosen by a candidate set up by an unrecognised political party has been chosen by only one candidate at the election, the returning officer shall allot that symbol to that candidate and to no one else.
(5) Where the same free symbol other than the one chosen by a candidate set up by any unrecognised political party is chosen by more than one candidate.
Explanation : For the purpose of these rules a candidate shall be deemed to be set up by a political party, if and only if,
(1) Subject to section 29 a candidate at
an election may appoint an election agent in Form 8 and notice of such
appointment shall be given by forwarding the same in duplicate to the
returning officer who shall return one copy thereof to the election agent
after affixing thereon his seal and signature in token of his approval
of the appointment.
(3) In the event of such revocation or death
of an election agent the candidate may at any time before the election
is over make a fresh appointment in the manner specified in sub rule(1).
(1) A contesting candidate or his election
agent may appoint one polling agent and two relief agents to act as such
on his behalf in each polling station.
(2) Every such appointment shall be made
in Form 10 and shall be made to the polling agent for production at the
(1) Every ballot paper shall have a counterfoil
attached thereto and the said ballot paper and the counterfoil shall be
in such form and particulars therein shall be in the language or languages
as the State Election Commission may direct.
Every ballot box shall be of such design
as may be approved by the State election Commission.
The presiding officer shall regulate the
number of electors to be admitted at any one time inside the polling station
and shall exclude there from all person other than