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A.K. Premajam is Kozhikode Mayor

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KOZHIKODE: A.K. Premajam and P.T. Abdul Latheef of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) were on Tuesday sworn in as the 22nd Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively of Kozhikode Corporation.

They were elected through an open ballot system at a special meeting of the newly elected councillors at the Council hall. The voting for the post of Mayor took place at 11 a.m. and Deputy Mayor in the afternoon.

The elections were necessitated as the United Democratic Front (UDF) nominated M.T. Padma, Congress member, as its candidate for the Mayor's post, which was reserved for women, and K. Mohammedali, of Indian Union Muslim league (IUML) for the Deputy Mayor's post. Prof. Premajam polled 38 votes while Ms. Padma secured 32. Only 70 out of the total 75 votes were valid. (The CPI(M) has a simple majority of 39 in the 75-member council. Besides, the party has also the support of the NCP. The UDF has 34 members).

The vote of CPI(M) member M. Sreedharan was cancelled due to poll violation. He had initially voted against his choice and requested for a second ballot paper. But District Collector P.B. Salim, who was the Returning Officer, refused to issue a second ballot paper. The votes of C.P. Musafir Ahamed and Salma Rahman (CPI-M); Ayshabi Panikashala (UDF supported Independent); and T.K. Saudabhi (IUML); were considered invalid.

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