MCD bypoll: 46.3% turnout in Sarai Pipal Thala ward
The polling in North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) ward Sarai Pipal Thala concluded on Sunday with 46.3% voter turnout.delhi Updated: May 21, 2017 23:36 IST
The polling in North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) ward Sarai Pipal Thala concluded on Sunday with 46.3% voter turnout.
The polling in the ward was postponed after the death of Samajwadi Party candidate Dinesh Singh. His son Himanshu has now been fielded by the party now.
Voting for remaining 270 wards in three municipal corporations — North South and East — was held on April 23 in which the BJP had got majority in all the civic bodies.
“This is not an encouraging trend but people do not come out in large numbers during bypoll, especially when the result will not have any impact on the overall politics of corporation,” he said.
The voting, which started at 8am and concluded at 5.30pm, remained peaceful.
Dhanajay Kumar, a resident of the area said, “Sanitation is a major issue here. When it rains, most of the roads get flooded. There has hardly been cleaning of drains in the localities on time in past five years.”
A total of 24,739 voters, comprising 13,116 males and 11,623 females, exercised their franchise in the poll, said a senior official of the Delhi State Election Commission. The ward has over 53,000 voters.
The voting percentage of the ward was even low than what it saw in 2012 corporation elections when 60.6% people had come out to vote.
Besides, the voting percentage was also affected reportedly due to power failure at around 57 polling booths because of dust storm and rain in the final hour of polling.
Delhi witnessed heavy rains during evening hours on Sunday.
The main contenders in the election include Mohammad Sarif (BSP), former leader of opposition in NDMC Mukesh Goel (Congress), Mangat Ram (BJP) and Rajeev Bansal (AAP).