Another municipality chief recalled in Chhattisgarh

August 29th, 2008 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Aug 29 (IANS) After three municipality chiefs were recalled for the first time in Chhattisgarh by voters for non-performance in mid-June, one more municipality president has lost his post in a recall vote, an official said Friday.Chhattisgarh Election Commissioner Sushil Trivedi told newspersons that Kusmi Nagar panchayat chief Bahadur Ram of Congress was recalled as 1,207 voters cast their ballots for recall against 766 voters favouring his continuation.

The voters of the Kusmi Nagar panchayat had only two symbols on their ballot papers - an empty chair and an occupied one - to decide whether the elected chief be recalled or not.

The recall vote in the state’s extreme north was held Aug 26 along with by-polls for Nagar panchayat chiefs of Nawagarh in Durg district and Rajpur in Surguja where the presidents were forced to step down in a historic recall in mid-June.

Despite the poll schedule being announced, the by-poll for president’s post of the Gundardehi Nagar Panchayat in Durg district was not held Aug 26 as two voters moved court against alleged irregularities in the voters’ list. The court stayed the election process.

Trivedi said the Nawagarh chief’s post went to Tilak Ram of the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party while Congress candidate Manbatia Singh won the Rajpur chief’s post by nine votes.

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