The petitions regarding delimitation of wards in Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Salem districts will be considered and the delimitation exercise will be carried out as per law, said chairman of Tamil Nadu Delimitation Commission V. Palanikumar here on Wednesday.
He chaired the public hearing at the District Collectorate in Coimbatore on the delimitation of wards in municipalities that were upgraded recently in the three districts. District Collectors G.S. Sameeran (Coimbatore), S. Vineeth (Tiruppur) and S. Karmegam (Salem) along with Member-Secretary of Tamil Nadu Delimitation Commission A. Sundaravalli and Director of Municipal Administration P. Ponnaiah participated in the meeting.
According to a release, Mr Palanikumar said the town panchayats of Karumathampatti, Karamadai, Gudalur and Madukkarai in Coimbatore district, Thirumuruganpoondi in Tiruppur district and Tharamangalam in Salem district had been upgraded as municipalities.
The District Collectors had the authority to accept or reject the demands of the public regarding the delimitation of wards in the local bodies, he noted.
Over 50 persons, including representatives of political parties and the general public, participated in the public hearing and submitted their petitions to the authorities on Wednesday.
K Boopathi of Karumathampatti, member of Kongunadu Makkal Desia Katchi, said that voters of wards 10, 11, 12, 7 and 6 are disturbed by the move. “Only the people residing in the same ward can vote for the representative. But the person contesting for the councillor post has to visit other wards to canvas voters.
There is another dimension to the issue. If people from other wards demand basic facilities, how can a councillor elected from a ward can attend to the issues of people in another ward?” he asked.
Ramu of Karamadai, a DMK representative, said that there is a huge difference in the number of voters in each ward. “While some wards have a hundred voters, others have more than 2,000 voters.
Instead of taking into account the number of voters, the ward delimitation exercise is carried out by the number of assessments in each ward as per the local body records. This can be resolved only if the door-to-door check is conducted,” he said.
Chairman Palanikumar said that there can be a 10% difference between each ward in the average number of voters. “There are predefined rules on how to fix boundaries to each ward. There should be the clear marking of boundaries,” he said.
At some places, unrelated areas were added, which will cause inconvenience to both public and candidates. The issues raised by the representatives of political parties and the public would be taken into account and decisions would be made as per the rules and regulations before the delimitation exercise is completed.
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