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70% turnout in first phase of civic poll in Madhya Pradesh

Heavy to moderate polling was recorded in 135 civic bodies that went to polls in the first phase of urban bodies elections in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, election commission officials said.

bhopal Updated: Nov 28, 2014 23:57 IST
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Heavy to moderate polling was recorded in 135 municipal bodies that went to polls in the first phase of urban bodies elections in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, officials said.



According to the state election commission more than 70% votes were cast in the first phase of the civic polls with eight civic bodies recoding above 90% votes and 71 local bodies registering above 80% polling.



Nagri municipal council in Mandsaur district recorded the highest polling with 93.91% voters being cast and Gwalior registered the lowest votes with 60% votes being cast, said state election commission chief R Parasuram.



The turnout figures are provisional and is likely to go up, he said.



Except for some stray incidents in Gwalior, polling in first phase of the two-phased civic polls was, by and large peaceful, he said.



In nine municipal corporations that went to poll, Burhanpur registered the highest polling with 73.53% voter turnout.



In the other eight municipal corporations, Dewas topped the list recording 70.8%, followed by Ratlam with 62.47%, and Satna recording 64.56% voter turnout. Besides, Sagar recorded 64.2%, Khandwa 62.27%, Rewa 61.85%, Singrauli 69.37% and Gwalior recorded 60% voter turnout, the state chief election officer said.



Some miscreants entered the polling station 746 of Ward 55 in Gwalior and tried to damage the EVM after polling was over.



A team of ECIL (Electronic Corporation of India Limited) engineers, that manufactures EVM, would be inspecting the EVM and a decision on re-polling would be taken after ECIL engineers submit their report, the official said.



The state election officer said that EVMs had to be replaced in 138 polling booths after some technical glitches were reported in the voting machiens.



Voters of booth number 25, 25 and 26 at Malajkhand in Balaghat boycotted polls and not a single vote was cast in these booths.



These wards were included recently in the council and residents boycotted polls opposing the merger.



Elections for ward number 12 in Badkui in district Chhindwara were cancelled after a mistake in allotting election symbols to independent candidates.



The symbol meant for contestant A was allotted to B and vice-versa. Voting for this ward would now be held on December 2.



The SEC said that polling was held at 5,573 booths in 2,534 wards.



Fate of more than 10,000 candidates contesting in 135 local bodies was sealed in electronic voting machines (EVMs) after first phase of voting.



Of the candidates, 60 are in fray for the posts of mayor, 603 for the posts of president and 9,662 for corporators seats in 135 urban bodies.



These urban bodies include 9 municipal corporations, 26 nagar palikas and 100 nagar parishads.