What’s up with the MLC elections?

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June 2012

Of voter’s list, voting booths and preferential voting:  a guide to voting booths and how to find your name in the electoral rolls for the election on June 10th. Also a note on how the preferential system works.

Sixteen candidates will battle it out in the Bangalore graduate constituency MLC election on June 10th. Campaigning in graduates MLC race intensifies, contrasts break through. Follow the progress of the Election campaign

Who is running for office? Read the in-depth backgrounder on Ramachandra Gowda, Ramoji Gowda, A Deve Gowda, Ashwin Mahesh, Nagalaxmi Bai and K S Lakshmi. All about the MLC election candidates

We also spoke to Justice Hedge who says he does not support any party. He explains his decision to endorse the Lok Satta candidate in the graduate constituency MLC election. 

ABIDe member and urban affairs strategist Ashwin Mahesh contesting in the Karnataka Legislative Council graduates constituency election happens to be a director at Oorvani Media (publisher of Citizen Matters).  How do we keep our work independent? Read about Citizen Matters and politics – our charter.

May 2012

Registration closes for Bengaluru MLC election.

There was confusion till the last minute, and for the time being, gates are closed for new registrations to the graduates constituency for the MLC election.

The High Court has also been hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on substantial difficulties with voter registration.  Read more at Registration closes for Bangalore MLC voter rolls.

Apr 2012: The dates may not yet be set for the MLC elections, but campaigning has heated up. Loksatta candidate Ashwin Mahesh is out urging graduates to register.

Read more at Justice Hegde endorses Loksatta …

The voter roll registration system

Oct 2011: Bengaluru is said to have about 8-14 lakh graduates and they have only about three weeks to register in graduate voter rolls. Can the government system cope?

Read more at Calling all Bengaluru graduates to vote

Who can vote?

The voter should be an ordinary resident of Bangalore, and should have had completed graduation. More at All about MLC graduate constituency