When the initial numbers for voter percentage in Nagpur came in on Tuesday, it stood at 29% at 1.30pm. When it looked like this was going to be just like the previous polls, people came in and registered a 55% turnout when voting ended at 5.30pm.
Akola, in the western part of the region, recorded the highest turnout of over 60%. Elections at three municipal corporations in the region — Nagpur, Akola and Amravati — was held on Tuesday.
In Nagpur, the first person who cast his vote at Bharat Mahila Shala at Mahal at 7.30am was Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Accompanied by wife, Amruta and mother, Sarita, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis walked into the polling booth at Dharampeth Hindi Middle school at 11am.
Union transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, accompanied by his wife, Kanchanmala, sons Nikhil and Sarang and daughters-in-law, cast his vote at Town Hall in old Nagpur area at 9.30am.
Candidates of different political parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP and BSP are contesting for 151 seats in Nagpur. A total of 1,135 candidates are trying their luck in 151 seats in Nagpur, which were divided into 38 prabhags. Few people turned up in the first hour of voting on Tuesday but the numbers picked up from noon.
There was no report of any untoward incident during the voting.