Gurgaon civic polls: Candidates fear low turnout may affect results
In the 2011 MCG elections, there was only 55% voter turnout. In some of the wards in urban areas, the turnout was as low as 20%.gurgaon Updated: Sep 21, 2017 21:46 IST
Candidates appearing for the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections are apprehensive about low voter turnout and are concerned that the fate of the elections may not be determined by their credentials.
In the 2011 MCG elections, there was only 55% voter turnout. In some of the wards in urban areas, the turnout was as low as 20%.
The fear of a low show has prompted candidates to undertake door-to-door campaigns in their area and seek assurances from potential voters to turn up at the booths and cast their votes.
“Sizeable crowds in any gathering can be misleading. I know a candidate who had won a seat in the last elections by a thin margin despite having a high attendance during her speeches. I can’t leave my election result to fate and I am knocking on the doors of all houses in my ward and urging residents to cast their vote in my favour on the election day,” a candidate from ward 34 said.
Tanisha Mahlawat, an independent candidate from ward 33 said, “In the 2011 elections, the turnout of voters in urban areas was disheartening. Only eight people from Ridgewood estate voted despite the locality having more than 1,200 eligible voters. Hence, it is imperative that voters show up on the day regardless of who they are voting.”
The district administration and MCG officials are using celebrities to woo voters for the MCG elections.
Video messages from Olympians such as Sakshi Malik, Deepa Malik, Akhil Kumar and TV actor Surender Pal, urging residents to vote, can be seen circulating on the social media. Besides, MCG roped in Bollywood actor Rajkumar Rao for a public programme at Cyber Hub, appealing to the public to cast their votes.
As per election commission officials, 5.6 lakh people across all wards are eligible to vote in the MCG elections on Sunday.