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Chhattisgarh: People recall 3 local body chiefs

June 18, 2008 17:07 IST

For the first time in the history of Chhattisgarh, people of three urban local bodies have recalled their chairpersons after a vote, a top election official said.

"As per Section 47 of the Chhattisgarh Municipality Act 1961 through recall votes three chairpersons of an equal number of urban local bodies had lost their seats on Tuesday," Chief Election Commissioner of Chhattisgarh, Dr Sushil Trivedi told reporters.

Of the three chairpersons, two belonged to main opposition Congress where as one from Independent.

The Act says a president can be recalled through a secret ballot if a majority of more than half of the total number of votes of the municipal area casting the vote are against the people's representative, Trivedi said.

No such process of recall shall be initiated unless a proposal is signed by not less than three-fourth of the total number of elected councillors and presented to the District Collector, he said.

Through the same Act, election to recall were held in Nawagarh and Gunderdihi of Durg district and Rajpur of Sarguja district, he said adding for the first time in the history of Chhattisgarh the people took part in such a recall vote and all the three heads of the respective local bodies lost their seats.

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