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Delhi MCD elections 2017: Polling ends, turnout around 54 per cent

The civic polls will witness a triangular contest involving three major parties- the AAP, BJP and the Congress.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
April 23, 2017 6:42:02 am
evm, vvpat, evm machine, evm tampering, gujarat elections evm, himachal pradesh elections evm, paper trail voting, india news, indian express news, latest news The MCD polls will witness a triangular contest involving three major parties- the AAP, BJP and the Congress. (Representational Image)

The polling time in the Delhi Municipal Corporation election ended at around 5:50 pm on Sunday. Around 46 per cent of votes were cast till 4 pm, as per PTI.  Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the State Election Commission over reports of EVMs malfunctioning in parts of the capital city. He also claimed that people with voter slips were turned away from polling booths. Speaking with news agency ANI, Kejriwal said: “Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people with voter slips not allowed to vote. What is State EC doing?”

Earlier Sunday morning, Kejriwal cast his vote along with his family members including his daughter, a first-time voter. L-G Anil Baijal and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken were among the other prominent faces who cast their votes.

Highlights: 

5:43 pm: Polling time for Delhi Municipal polls ends, says ANI.

4:59 pm: Arvind Kejriwal alleged that many voters with valid voter slips were “not allowed” to exercise their
franchise in the municipal polls. Kejriwal had earlier demanded that the election be postponed till arrangements for VVPAT-equipped electronic voting machines (EVMs) were made.

4:17 pm: There are a total of 1,32,10,206 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for 270 wards
falling under the three corporations – NDMC (103), SDMC (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (63).

4:00 pm: PTI reports, 35 per cent polling till 2 PM.

3.30 pm: 31.13% voting recorded till 2 pm in 183 out of 270 wards: ANI.

3.20 pm: Speaking with news agency ANI, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said: “Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people with voter slips not allowed to vote. What is State EC doing?”

1.50 pm:

1.12 pm: It is 38 degrees outside in Delhi and the temperatures are expected to rise to around 40 degrees during the day. So voters who are yet to make their way to the polling booths must hurry up. Those who went out to vote early can treat themselves to an ice cream. Also you can read our Sunday Special on the story of ice cream in India.

12.00 pm:

11.20 am:  Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken casts his vote.

(Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra)

10.30 am: The voting percentages till 10 am are in: 0.09 per cent polling in areas under the East MCD, 0.33 under North and 0.15 under South. Total voting pegged at 0.20 per cent.

9.54 am: In Chandni Chowk’s Haider Kuli, only 37 votes have been cast so far. Our photographer Oinam Anand captures the mood:

(Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

9.43 am: Union Minister Dr Harshavardhan’s mother has also cast her vote today. Speaking with reporters outside the polling booth at Krishna Nagar’s Ratan Devi School, Harshavardhan said: “My mother has never missed  voting  even  once in last 60 years.”

(Source: Express photo)

9.37 am: Delhi residents can check their polling station by entering their name or voter ID here

9.20 am: Here are the top trends in India on Twitter today morning.

9.10 am: Here is a recap of what Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on the last day of poll campaigning: “If you vote for the BJP then you will be responsible if you have dengue in your family.” His remarks were strongly criticised by leaders from the BJP and Congress. Today, his entire family came out to vote in the elections, including his daughter, a first-time voter.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Source: Abhinav Saha)

 

9.00 am: Union Minister Dr Harshvardhan casts his vote at Krishna Nagar’s Ratan Devi School.

(Source: ANI)

8.50 am: From health to education to safety, how does Delhi fare on amenities for women? Tarishi Verma reports

8.40 am: Former Congress MLA Arvind Singh Lovely, who was recently joined the BJP, could not cast his vote at a polling booth in East Azad Nagar due to a faulty EVM.

08:26 am: This was how Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken reflected on the Rajouri Garden assembly bypoll and said that his party would be the dark horse in the MCD elections.

08:19 am: Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal cast his vote in a polling booth in Greater Kailash-3

08:02 am: Voting for 270 seats of Delhi Municipal wards has begun.

08: 01 am:

08:00 am:

07:05 am: Polling will start at 8 am and will conclude by 5:30 pm.

06:57 am: The total number of electorate for the municipal elections stands at 1,32,10,206 which include 73,15,915 men, 58,93,418 women and 793 voters in the other category.

In 2012, the erstwhile unified MCD was divided into North, South and East Municipal Corporations. While NDMC and SDMC have 104 wards, EDMC has 64.

The high-decibel campaigning for the polls was marked by rancour, and the verdict is expected to alter the political equations in the national capital. The campaigning was also dominated by allegations of tampered EVMs. However, the Election Commission rejected this charge and said Generation-1 electronic voting machines will be used for the civic elections. The polls will be an acid test for the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, who suffered electoral defeats in recent assembly elections. The party, which stormed to power after recording a thumping victory in the 2015 assembly polls, also witnessed defeat in the Rajouri Garden by-election after its candidate lost his deposit.

Meanwhile, the BJP, which ruled the MCD for 10 years, is aiming to retain the turf and has fielded all fresh faces in the contest. On the other hand, the Congress is hoping for a resurgence after finishing second in the Rajouri Garden bypoll.

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