Polling was held from 7 am to six pm on Sunday for a complete of 144 wards throughout six civic our bodies amid tight safety and following COVID-19 norms.
The counting of votes for 575 seats in six municipal firms of Gujarat, polling for which befell on Sunday, will probably be held right this moment (Tuesday, 23 February).
The counting of votes will probably be held for 192 seats throughout 48 wards within the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, for 120 seats throughout 30 wards within the Surat Municipal Corporation, 76 seats throughout 19 wards of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, for 72 seats throughout 18 wards within the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, 52 seats throughout 13 wards within the Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation and 64 seats throughout 16 wards within the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation.
The State Election Commission in launch on Monday mentioned that a mean voter turnout of 46.1 p.c was recorded within the elections to 6 municipal firms, with 52.83 lakh of the 1.41 crore registered voters exercising their franchise on Sunday. During the 2015 polls to those six civic our bodies, 45.81 p.c of the voters had forged their votes, the discharge mentioned.
As per the ultimate figures shared by the SEC, Ahmedabad had the bottom turnout of 42.5 p.c, whereas Jamnagar recorded the very best turnout of 53.four p.c. Besides, Rajkot recorded 50.7 p.c polling, Bhavnagar-49.5 p.c, Vadodara-47.eight p.c and Surat- 47.1 p.c.
Polling was held from 7 am to six pm on Sunday for a complete of 144 wards throughout six civic our bodies amid tight safety and following COVID-19 norms. Top leaders of the BJP, together with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP MP Kirit Solanki, occasion MLA Rakesh Shah and Gujarat occasion chief CR Paatil, forged their votes on Sunday. According to reviews, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani additionally forged his vote in Rajkot, hours after testing unfavourable for COVID-19 .
After exercising his franchise at a polling sales space in Naranpura sub-divisional workplace of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Shah expressed confidence that the BJP will win the municipal elections.
“The BJP has emerged victorious across the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am sure that Gujarat, from where the BJP’s victory journey started, will again establish itself as a stronghold of the BJP,” Shah mentioned.
“I am sure that voters will turn out in large numbers and development will win,” he additional mentioned.
According to The Indian Express, State Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad mentioned that polling befell peacefully, with none main untoward incident.
However, the Gujarat Congress lodged 9 complaints with the SEC about alleged discrepancies in voters’ record, alleged makes an attempt to intimidate voters, and alleged defective EVM machines in Ahmedabad civic polls, mentioned the report. The Congress, claiming violation of ballot pointers, additionally submitted a criticism in opposition to Rupani for flying into Rajkot with a helicopter to forged his vote, in line with the report.
The civic physique elections are being seen as a take a look at for the Rupani authorities as it might set the tone for the Assembly polls slated for subsequent yr.
The principal contest is between the BJP, which has dominated the six firms for final a number of phrases, and the principle Opposition Congress. During the ballot marketing campaign, the BJP performed the “development” card, whereas the Congress, which has been out of energy in these native our bodies for a very long time now, cited the “lack of amenities” and the current gas value hike to show the tide.
The Aam Aadmi Party (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.
A complete of two,276 candidates, comprising 577 from the BJP, 566 from the Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from different events, and 228 Independents, contested the elections.
Besides, 9 candidates have been additionally within the fray for by-elections to 2 seats within the Junagadh Municipal Corporation. After the outcomes are introduced right this moment, elections to 31 district and 231 taluka panchayats and 81 municipalities will probably be held on 28 February.
With inputs from PTI
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