A mean 46.1 per cent voter turnout was recorded within the elections to 6 municipal companies in Gujarat, officers stated on Monday. Polling was held from 7 am to six pm on Sunday for a complete of 144 wards throughout six civic our bodies – Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.
When Will Counting Begin?
The counting of the votes will begin on Tuesday.
The State Election Fee in a launch stated 46.1 per cent of the registered voters exercised their franchise. Throughout the 2015 polls to those six civic our bodies, 45.81 per cent voters had forged their votes, the discharge stated.
As per the ultimate figures shared by the SEC of Sunday’s polling, Ahmedabad had the bottom turnout of 42.5 per cent, whereas Jamnagar recorded the very best turnout of 53.4 per cent. In addition to, Rajkot recorded 50.7 per cent polling, Bhavnagar-49.5 per cent, Vadodara-47.8 per cent and Surat- 47.1 per cent.
Out of the full 1.14 crore voters registered in these six cities, 52.83 lakh forged their votes on Sunday, the discharge stated.
Candidates within the Fray
Elections to 6 municipal companies in Gujarat had been held on Sunday amid tight safety and adherence to COVID-19 norms. Individuals began queuing up exterior polling cubicles quickly after the voting started at 7 am throughout numerous wards within the six municipal companies in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
The voting continued until 5 pm. Within the morning, aged voters had been additionally seen at numerous cubicles, the place precautions have been taken to observe COVID-19 prevention norms, together with use of masks and sanitisers and sustaining social distance.
Native MPs, MLAs and leaders of various political events additionally arrived at numerous polling cubicles within the morning to vote. Amongst those that forged their votes within the preliminary hours had been BJP MP Kirit Solanki and occasion MLA Rakesh Shah.
Solanki voted at a sales space in Ranip space of Ahmedabad alongside along with his spouse and members of the family, whereas Shah forged his vote at a sales space in Ellisbridge space of town. Union Residence Minister Amit Shah additionally forged his vote at a sales space in Naranpura space of Ahmedabad.
The primary contest is between the BJP, which has dominated the six companies for final a number of phrases, and the primary opposition Congress.
The Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) has claimed it could be an efficient different to the BJP and Congress, whereas Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is making its debut within the native our bodies polls, having fielded 21 candidates in six wards of Ahmedabad. Round 32,000 policemen have been deployed for voting in 575 seats, with every ward having 4 corporators, officers stated.
A complete of two,276 candidates are contesting the polls within the six municipal companies. In addition to, 9 candidates are additionally within the fray for by-elections to 2 seats within the Junagadh Municipal Company. These contesting embody 577 from the BJP, 566 from the Congress, 470 from the AAP, 91 from the NCP, 353 from different events and 228 Independents, the officers stated.
The municipal company elections are being seen as a take a look at for Rupani as it could set the tone for the state Meeting polls due subsequent 12 months. As per the State Election Fee, there are a complete of 1.14 crore voters, together with 60.60 lakh males and 54.06 lakh girls.