While Pathankot recorded the highest turnout of 74%, SAS Nagar (Mohali) saw the lowest at 60% among all six corporations that went to polls on Sunday. The turnout in SAS Nagar was even lower than its 2014 Lok Sabha poll turnout of 70%. On February 26, all six cities will get new municipal corporations comprising 50 members each. Five of these, except Bathinda, will see their first corporations, having been upgraded from council status.
Barring minor incidents, the Pathankot municipal corporation (MC) elections passed peacefully. Both the major parties, the BJP and the Congress were confident of winning the necessary numbers to grab the prestigious chair of the city mayor.
The cricket match between India and South Africa in the ongoing World Cup series kept the voters away from the polling booths in the early hours, but as the match ended a heavy turnout was reported at the booths.
The Pulse Polio drive also had an impact on the voting in the initial hours, but as the day progressed, long queues were seen at the polling booths.
Meanwhile, district Congress president Anil Vij had an exchange of words with a BJP candidate, Rohit Puri, and his wife when he saw them allegedly influencing the voters in a booth.
The matter, however, was resolved after local MLA Ashwani Sharma and Pathankot deputy commissioner (DC) Sukhvinder Singh intervened.
Also, a rebel candidate of the Congress, Dhanwant Bajwa, who is contesting as an Independent, was picked up by the Pathankot police on late Saturday night, but was let off after a warning.