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BMC Elections 2017 Live Updates: 52.17 per cent voting till 5:30 pm

BMC Elections 2017 Live Updates: The elections are taking place in 227 municipal wards.

| New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2017 6:25:42 pm
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), with 227 municipal wards, is going to polls on Tuesday. The polling began at 7.30 am and will close at 5.30 pm. The results will be declared on February 23. Holding the status of the biggest municipal corporation in the country, BMC will witness competitive elections with 2,275 candidates in the fray for 227 seats. Along with the BMC, nine other civic bodies will go to polls in Maharashtra.

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BMC Elections 2017 Live Updates below:

5:30 pm 52.17 per cent polling recorded till 5.30 pm

4:50 pm Voting percentage till 3:30 pm is 41.32 per cent

2:30 pm: 41 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Central Mumbai till 1:30 pm. It’s highest so far. The overall voter turnout in the BMC polls till 1.30 pm is 32.1 per cent.

2:25 pm: SEC figures show that over 15 lakh Mumbaikars have cast a vote to their franchise till 11:30 am. The figures showed that while there were about 9.6 lakh men, 5.4 lakh women and 16 transgenders had cast their votes before noon on Tuesday.

2:12 pm:

1:46 pm: Voting percentage has been relatively low in South Mumbai till now. Meanwhile, the reports of people not being able to vote continue to be coming from different parts. This may affect the overall voting percentage.

People who were not able to cast their vote. Express photo People who were not able to cast their vote. Express photo

1:27 pm: Actor Anushka Sharma posted a picture on her Twitter handle in the morning.

1:20 pm: There are several reports of people not being able to vote because their name was missing from the voters list. Actor Varun Dhawan and BJP member Shaina NC also experienced the same issue. A number of people have come to meet returning officer of their ward to highlight the issue. Here is a photo an elderly couple with their voter id cards who were not able to caste their vote.

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1:00 pm: An elderly woman voter arrives at polling booth in Ward number 213 of Kamattipura in Mumbai to cast her vote. (Express photo)

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12:55 pm: 16.40 per cent of voter turnout has been reported till 11:30 pm.

12:45 pm: Cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar arrived at a polling booth in Mumbai along with his wife. Meanwhile, actor Varun Dhawan expressed his disappointment over not being able to cast his vote. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also cast his vote at a polling booth in Bhandup East. (ANI photos)

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12:30 pm:

12:05 pm: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray has now reached outside a polling booth in Bandra East to cast his vote. He is accompanied by his wife and son. Shiv Sena has the most number of seats in BMC and is banking upon the Marathi votes to improve its seat count in 2017 elections. The party was in alliance with BJP but is fighting alone this time.

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11:40 am: BJP’s Shaina NC, who could not find her name in the voters list, was helped by the authorities and cast her vote. (ANI photo)

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11:30 am: A woman casts her vote at R S Nimkar marg, Kamathipura in Mumbai

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11:20 am:

11:10 am: Bollywood actress Rekha casts her vote at a polling booth in Mumbai’s Bandra. Earlier, Paresh Rawal also cast his vote in Mumbai while Suniel Shetty took to Twitter and appealed to everyone to exercise their right.

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10:55 am:

10:50 am: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis emerged as the face of BJP during its campaign for civic elections across Maharashtra. In an interview with Indian Express, he speaks on the tie-up with Shiv Sena, possibility of any post-poll alliance and the chances of his party in Mumbai and other civic bodies going to polls Tuesday. To read the interview – click here

10:20 am: Shaina NC of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) arrived at Napeansea Road polling booth in Mumbai on cycle. Although, she could not vote because her name was not on the voters list.

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10:15 am: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray has reached a polling booth in Mumbai accompanied by his mother, wife and renowned singer Padmaja Fenani. Raj Thackeray’s MNS won on 27 seats in 2012 BMC elections and 7 in 2007 elections. He cast his vote at a polling station in Shivaji Park.

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10:08 am: Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar casts his vote. People continue to queue up outside the polling stations across Mumbai and other parts of the state where civic body elections are being held.

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9:56 am: People stand outside polling booth

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9:50 am: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar  cast his vote at booth number 11 Mahalaxmi, Mumbai

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9:32 am: Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai Ajoy Mehta casts his vote at polling booth number 214 (18), located at Mumbai’s Pedder Road.

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9:26 am: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya casts his vote along with his family in Mumbai

9:21 am: Some voters are confused because there is no booth number on slips provided to them by BMC.

9:20 am: Actor Suniel Shetty Tweets, urges everyone to vote in BMC elections 2017.

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9:10 am: Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC casts his vote. “Demonetisation has nothing to do with these polls, we need to move on,” news agency ANI quotes him as saying.

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9:05 am: Actor Paresh Rawal casts his vote.

Here’s the list of actors who may not cast their votes this year:

Aamir Khan – Outdoor shoot
Hrithik Roshan – Outdoor shoot
Anupam kher – Cape Town
Rishi Kapoor – Hong kong
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi – Bangalore
Arjun Kapoor – London
Sanjay dutt – Agra
Ajay Devgn – Jodhpur
Emraan Hashmi – Jodhpur
Dia Mirza – Outdoor shoot
Saif Ali Khan – Delhi
Kangana Ranaut- Delhi
Akshay Kumar – Bhopal
Priyanka Chopra – USA

9:00 am: Mumbai police tweets appealing people to come out and vote

8:50 am: Queue outside polling station

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8:43 am:

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8:20 am:

8:15 am: People gather in queues outside polling booth in Mumbai

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8:00 am:

7:50 am: Out of the total 227 seats, the Shiv Sena currently has 75, Congress 52, BJP 31, MNS 28, NCP 13 and others 28.

7:40 am:

7:38 am: Polling begins in BMC and nine other civic bodies of Maharashtra.

7:35 am:

7:30 am:

7:10 am: Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM is contesting the civic polls for the first time. The party has fielded 59 candidates in these elections. To read more on this – click here

7:00 am: The polling for BMC elections is expected to start at 7:30 am.

The major political parties contesting BMC polls are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Indian National Congress (INC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Samajwadi Party, BSP and others. More than 7,297 polling centres and over 1.95 crore voters across the state are entitled to exercise their franchise to choose representatives for ten-city corporations.

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