Maharashtra civic polls: 22% voting in Panvel, 16% in Bhiwandi till 11.30am
Mumbai city news: Panvel civic body, which covers the area from Kharghar to Panvel, including a few villages on the outskirts of Panvel citymumbai Updated: May 24, 2017 12:44 IST
Around 22% of voters cast their ballot till 11.30am on Wednesday for the first-ever Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections. The Bhiwandi municipal corporation has recorded 16% voting so far.
The Panvel election is being held for 78 seats in 20 wards.
The PMC was formed on October 1, 2016 and includes areas of erstwhile Panvel Municipal Council i.e. Panvel city and CIDCO nodes along with several nearby villages.
The region has a population of 5,09,901 and a voter count of 4,25,453. According to PMC officials, 44,434 voters had cast their ballot by 9.30am. These included 16,899 women and 27,535 men voters.
In Panvel, the primary contest is between the BJP and the PWP alliance that includes the Congress and the NCP. The Shiv Sena is going it alone hoping to become the decisive factor in case of a hung house.
In Bhiwandi, more than 40% of the voters are Muslims and have traditionally voted for the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP). The Shiv Sena has always succeeded in polarising non-Muslim voters, helping it to remain in second position. The Congress is hoping that Muslim voters choose it over the SP and the AIMIM. Leaders of the Congress, which is in power with the support of the Shiv Sena, said that they would win the highest number of seats though it was not clear if they would win power on their own.
Rajesh Nimbalkar, municipal commissioner, said, “The voting process is going smoothly in Panvel. All arrangements are in place. We have offered incentives to the residents to exercise their right to vote. Families that vote and send us a selfie after doing so can get 25% relief in property tax. Five selfies will be selected from each ward and so a total number of 100 residents will get the benefit.”