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Gujarat Civic Polls 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: 43 per cent turnout in ‘peaceful election’

The counting of votes will take place on February 23.

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara |
Updated: February 24, 2021 10:05:36 am
CM Vijay Rupani arrives at polling booth on Raiya Road. (Twitter: @gopalreports)

Voting for general elections to six municipal corporations in the state – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – saw a tardy pace and low turnout on Sunday. As per the official website of the Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC), the six municipal corporations reported an average 43% voting. State Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad said that polling has finished peacefully without any major untoward incident.

Earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani cast his vote in Rajkot hours after testing negative for Covid-19. The CM was diagnosed with the disease a day after he had fainted on stage while speaking at a poll event last week.

The municipal elections, which were conducted in six major cities – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, and Jamnagar, are being seen as a litmus test for the Rupani-led BJP government in the state before the Assembly elections next year.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah cast his vote at a booth in Naranpura area of Ahmedabad. BJP MP Kirit Solanki and party MLA Rakesh Shah were among those who cast their votes in the initial hours on Sunday.

Votes were cast for a total of 575 seats with each ward having four corporators, and 2,276 candidates. The BJP fielded a maximum of 577 candidates, followed by 566 from the Congress. The Aam Aadmi Party fielded 470 candidates. A total of 444 candidates from other parties, including 91 from NCP, are also in the fray along with 228 independents. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM will make its local bodies poll debut having fielded 21 candidates in six wards in Ahmedabad. The counting of votes will take place on February 23.

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Gujarat Civic Body polls: Voting was held in six municipalities -- Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, and Jamnagar. 

23:48 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Municipal corporations record 43 pc turnout

Voting for general elections to six municipal corporations in the state – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – saw a tardy pace and low turnout on Sunday. 

As per the official website of the Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC), the six municipal corporations reported an average 43% voting. State Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad said that polling has finished peacefully without any major untoward incident.

Ahmedabad saw the lowest voters’ turnout at 39.54% while Jamnagar witnessed the maximum turnout of 52.49%. Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Vadodara and Surat witnessed 47.27%, 46.67%, 45.48% and 45.09% voting respectively.

Total 1.14 registered voters were expected to cast their votes in the elections for 575 seats in 144 wards. One seat in Naranpura ward of Ahmedabad was won by BJP candidate uncontested.

The average voting percentage figure is 2% less, compared to 2015 figures when the six cities witnessed average 45.67% voting. Jamnagar had topped the voting percentage in 2015 as well with 56.76%. Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar saw 46.61%, 39.63%, 48.71%, 49.72% and 47.41 percentage voting respectively. ENS

18:25 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Vijay Rupani arrives at polling booth to cast vote
16:59 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Vadodara records 33.42% voter turnout till now

Vadodara has recorded 33.42% voter turnout till now.

  • Highest turn out in Ward 1: 39.69%
  • Lowest turn out in Ward 17: 28.98%
15:33 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Royal family members arrive in vintage car to cast their votes

Gujarat local body polls: Royal family members Mandhatasinh Jadeja and Kadambari Devi Jadeja arrived in a vintage car to cast their vote in Rajkot, earlier today.

14:48 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Rajkot Municipal Corporation records 26.12% polling till 1 pm

Rajkot Municipal Corporation recorded 26.12 per cent polling till 1 pm for election to 72 seats. Polling is scheduled go on till 6 pm.

14:33 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Vadodara records 23.47% voter turnout

Vadodara has recorded 23.47% voter turnout so far. 3.40 lakh voters out of 14.48 lakh have cast their votes till now. This includes 1.97 lakh male voters and 1.42 lakh female voters who have turned up at the 1255 polling stations so far.



13:36 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Vadodara City Police help senior citizens and voters requiring assistance during polling

Vadodara City Police Sunday helped senior citizens and voters requiring assistance at various polling stations during the civic body polls. Below are some visuals.

13:20 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Gujarat civic body polls: State records 10.82% voter turnout till 12 pm

The overall voter turnout in six municipalities across Gujarat stood at 10.82% till 12 pm. Ahmedabad reported a 8.31% voter turnout till 12 pm. 

13:15 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Vadodara records 13.16% voter turnout till 12 pm

Vadodara recorded a voter turnout of 13.16% till 12 pm. The highest voter turnout was recorded in Ward 18 at 16.22% and the lowest was from Ward 6 at 10.56%.

12:22 (IST)21 Feb 2021
BJP will win civic polls in Gujarat: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Sunday expressed confidence that the BJP will win the civic polls in Gujarat, PTI reported.

"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," he said.

Shah said the development journey started by the BJP under Modi's leadership continues across the country, and many states have taken inspiration from it."I am sure that voters will turn out in large numbers and development will win," he further added.

11:08 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Voting underway in Ahmedabad civic body polls

Polling is underway at Juna Vadaj area in Ahmedabad for civic body polls. 

10:42 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Home Minister Amit Shah casts his vote

Union Home Minister Amit Shah cast his vote in the Gujarat civic body polls on Sunday. 

10:35 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Gujarat Assembly Speaker casts his vote

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi Sunday cast his vote for the Vadodara Municipal Corporation polls.

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi casts his vote for the Vadodara Municipal Corporation polls on Sunday (Express Photo By Bhupendra Rana)
09:57 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Elections to 6 municipal corporations in Gujarat today — here’s what’s at stake

Six municipal corporations in Gujarat are voting on Sunday (February 21). Counting will take place on Tuesday (February 23).

Following this, elections for municipalities and panchayats will take place on February 28; counting for these elections will take place on March 2.

Voting has been on since 7 am. Those with Covid-19 have been allotted a one-hour window from 5 pm to vote.

Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar will elect new governing bodies on Sunday. Municipal corporation elections are conducted by the State Election Commission every five years.

The five-year terms of these bodies ended in December 2020, but the elections were put off due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The political executives of these bodies were dissolved, and the municipal commissioners were put in charge of the administration.

In all, 575 seats in the six municipal corporations are up for grabs in Sunday’s elections. The BJP won all six bodies after the elections the last time.

09:38 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Visuals of voting rom Rajkot and Surat

Below are some visuals of voting from Rajkot and Surat. (ANI)

09:28 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Watch video: Voting underway in 6 municipal corporations in Gujarat

Voting in 6 municipal corporations — Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar — is underway. Around 1.14 crore voters are likely to cast their votes across the six cities. 

08:50 (IST)21 Feb 2021
Voting begins in Gujarat; see photos from Ahmedabad

Voting for Gujarat local body elections is underway. Below are some visuals from Ahmedabad. (ANI)

Ahmedabad: Delhi’s Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia and other AAP leaders wave to their supporters during a road show ahead of Civic body elections in Ahmedabad, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will also cast his vote in Naranpura ward of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, the Gujarat BJP said in a release on Saturday. CM Vijay Rupani, who tested positive for coronavirus during the campaign, is also likely to vote in his hometown Rajkot after getting discharged from the hospital.

During the campaign, the BJP played the "development" card, while the Congress, which has been out of power in these local bodies for a long time now, cited "lack of amenities" and the recent fuel price hike to turn the tide. Meanwhile, AAP has claimed it would be an effective alternative to the BJP and Congress.

Following the civic polls to six municipalities, polls to 31 districts and 231 taluka panchayats as well as 81 municipalities will be held on February 28.

Meanwhile, the Congress and the BJP workers allegedly clashed Friday, the last day for campaigning as supporters of the two parties came face to face during rallies at ward number 16 in Vadodara.

The Gujarat High Court rejected a plea moved by Anand district panchayat members affiliated to Congress, seeking a uniform date for declaration of results for the elections to municipal corporations, taluka panchayats and municipalities. The court observed it was not possible for the State Election Commission (SEC) to control the minds of voters from being influenced by several factors and that the SEC should avoid taking a certificate from any court that ‘Rome burned while Nero fiddled’.