PMC bypoll: Voters stay home, turnout 45%

PMC bypoll: Voters stay home, turnout 45%

The result will be declared on Monday.

PMC bypoll, low voter turnout, Pune
Voters wait to cast their vote at a polling booth in Ward 43 (Jijamata Hospital) in Pimpri-Chinchwad area on Sunday. (Source: Express Photo by Rajesh Stephen)

The PMC by-election in ward 26 B (Kothrud) and 45 A (Hadapsar) held on Sunday witnessed a low voter turnout of 45.36 per cent. Despite the election being held on a weekly holiday, voters turned their back on the polling booth in both the wards. The result will be declared on Monday.

According to the returning officer, Vijay Dahibhate for Ward No 26B, the ward recorded 42.33 per cent voting by the end of the voting time. “There are a total of 12,324 voters including 5,630 women and 6,694 men. The lowest turnout was at Booth No 3 where the percentage was 27.24. The highest in the ward was at booth no 8 with 53.92 percentage turnout. The voting was peaceful.”

In ward 44A, the total voting was 48.04 per cent by the end of the polling timing. Returning officer Dnyaneshwar Molak said that the voting was peaceful.

The byelection was conducted because of the vacating of the seat by Deepak Mankar and Pramod Bhangire, who left to contest the Assembly polls held last year. Mankar, elected on a Congress ticket from panel 26, resigned to contest on an NCP ticket in the Assembly elections while Bhangire, who was elected on a Shiv Sena ticket, resigned from panel 45 to contest the Assembly election on an MNS ticket. Both Mankar and Bhangire are seeking a re-election from their respective constituencies.

In panel 26, Mankar, contesting on an NCP ticket, is facing a stiff challenge from former BJP corporator Dilip Umbarkar. In panel 45, Bhangire is contesting as an independent candidate to retain the seat he held as Shiv Sena corporator.