Webinar Alert: A discussion with candidates and voters ahead of the Chennai Municipal Elections

Chennai Corporation will soon have an elected board after a hiatus of 5 years. Photo: Kore Abraham.

After a hiatus of more than five years, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, Chennai, will have an elected council to oversee the administration of the city. It is also after a period of a decade that the inhabitants of the city will go to the polls to elect their neighborhood councillors. Although the official website of the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) indicates that the administrative organization of the city of Chennai includes a council of 200 councillors, headed by a mayor, this has not been the case for the past five years. , i.e. since October 2016, when the mandate of the last council expired.

For the past five years, the administration of the civic body that governs the city of Chennai was run by a set of officials headed by a commissioner, who is an IAS officer.

In many earlier reports by Citizen Matters Chennai, several concerned citizens had expressed their concerns and issues over the lack of an elected council – which they said was a bridge between the people and the authorities.

Read more: Explained: How GCC runs the city and why we need an elected council

Thus, with the local polls scheduled for February 19, it becomes essential to examine the expectations of citizen voters and, above all, what the candidates promise before the polls.

To discuss the importance and relevance of the polls, how badly the city has missed an elected council, whether an elected council will be able to bridge the gap between residents and authorities, Citizen Matters, in partnership with the Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy, is organizing a webinar on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, which will be attended by candidates from various political parties as well as independent candidates, who will participate in the upcoming elections. They will be joined in the discussion by members of civil societies and representatives of citizens.

Event details:

Event title: Why are local polls critical for Chennai?

Dated: February 15, 2022

Time: 4 p.m. (The webinar will be followed by a brief Q&A session open to participants.)

register here: bit.ly/ChennaiCivicPolls2022


  • Charu Govindan, coordinator of the Chennai-based citizens’ group, Voice of People.
  • David Manohar, co-founder and volunteer of Arappor Iyakkam, an anti-corruption NGO
  • Meera Ravikumar, civic activist and candidate for Ward 173
  • Paul Pradeep, social activist and MNM candidate for Ward 155
  • S Bharathi, DMK candidate for Ward 152

Presented by Srinivas Alavilli, Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy
Moderated by Aruna Natarajan, Citizen Matters Chennai

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