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Counting day, MCG elections: Urban Gurgaon prefers India-Australia cricket game over polls

Though the voter turnout in some areas did improve in the afternoon, it failed to mark a significant increase

gurgaon Updated: Sep 24, 2017 19:16 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
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In the 2011 elections, voter turnout in parts of the DLF areas was less than 25%. The figure did not improve this time around as well.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

“What is the MCG?”, “Why is there so much police presence?”, “Is it similar to the MCD elections?” These are some of the questions that urban voters in Gurgaon were seen asking near the polling centres on election day.

Given how unaware people were with regard to Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections, it didn’t come as a surprise to see most poll booths deserted and officials killing time by watching the one-day cricket match between India and Australia on their smartphones or taking a post-lunch siesta.

Barring some villages, urban Gurgaon largely comprises areas located on the left of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway till Hero Honda Chowk.

In the 2011 elections, voter turnout in parts of the DLF areas was less than 25%. The figure did not improve this time around as well.

When HT visited a polling centre at the Shri Ram School Aravalli in DLF Phase 4, where seven polling booths had been put in place on Sunday morning, less than four voters were present.

The American Montessori Public School in DLF Phase 2, which also had seven booths, only recorded a solitary vote till 8am.

One of the booths located in the school ended up with the least number of votes in the city. Despite a voter strength of 1,314, only 22 votes were cast and the turnout was 1.67%.

Voter turnout in these areas did mark a slight improvement in the afternoon, but the number did not go up significantly.

Most residents preferred to put their feet up at their homes than flock to the nearest polling booth.

“My condominium has all the civic amenities and most of my activities in Gurgaon are limited to areas falling under the Golf Course Road or Cyber City. Hence, casting a vote in the MCG elections made little sense for me,” Mihir Kohli, a resident of Aralias in DLF 5, said.

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Also, many residents were hooked on to the cricket match and preferred not to step out to get their fingers inked.

“I decided to catch the cricket match live than step out to vote. In the 2011 election, candidates made a long list of promises across the city. Yet, basic civic facilities such as proper roads, streets free of waterlogging, clear drains and cleanliness remain far-fetched. The system has failed me and I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon,” Abhishek Dayal, a resident of Nirvana Country said.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 19:16 IST