The municipal election in Brampton city of Ontario in Canada has become a major centre of attraction for locals and Indians too, as around 36 Punjabi candidates are in the competition for the civic polls. In an electrifying contest for the topmost chair, Bal Gosal, who originally hails from Punjab, is contesting for the post of ‘mayor’ of Brampton.
Brampton is mainly comprised of an immigrant population from India and the signboard battle and the door-to-door campaign has already started in the city. The contenders can be seen hosting or attending barbeque parties and weekend get-togethers.
The major site in the civic poll is the ward number 9 and 10, where seven of the ten candidates for the post of councillor are native of Punjab — Mangaljit Dabb, Dharamveer Gohil, Mahendra Gupta, Rohit Sidhu, Harkirat Singh (for city council) and Rajbir Kaur, Harnek Rai, Gurpreet Dhillon and Vicky Dhillon (for regional council).
During last municipal election, voter turnout reduced to 35-36% and this year voting is scheduled for October 22.