Counting day, MCG elections: Women and senior citizens drive polling numbers in city
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Counting day, MCG elections: Women and senior citizens drive polling numbers in city

The turnout showed the keenness among women and the elderly to vote for change to their respective wards

gurgaon Updated: Sep 24, 2017 19:46 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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Senior citizens reported early at their designated polling booths and candidates were even seen seeking their blessings.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Women and senior citizens drove polling numbers across the city on Sunday, as they turned out in large numbers to vote. The turnout reflected a deep desire among women to vote for provision of basic amenities in their areas.

Senior citizens reported early at their designated polling booths in DLF areas and sectors 56, 57, 46 and 17. Candidates were seen seeking their blessings, as they were among the early ones to vote.

Women were seen taking selfies flashing the ink mark on their fingers and posted the same on social media after coming out of the polling booth. They also were seen discussing the positives and negatives of each candidate but when asked who they voted far, they preferred to remain tight-lipped.

“I was excited to cast my vote. I reached the polling booth at 6.45am, as I wanted to be the first one to vote from my ward and encourage others to step out and vote for a candidate who will bring a difference to the ward,” said 62-year-old Rekha Agarwal, a resident of Sector 56.

Most women who came out to vote identified bad roads, poor law and order situation and lack of transport as issues which were uppermost on their minds as they cast their votes.Many said that improvement in infrastructure was key to transforming Gurgaon and they voted for development.

“Through this vote, we want to send a strong message that women in the city are aware and can help in forming the government and vote it out. The message that we sent out loud and clear today is that our issues need to be taken up and addressed sincerely,” said Priyanka Singhal, a 28-year-old Sector 46 resident.

“I came out to vote with the help of my family members,” said 70-year-old Smriti Rani, who reached the polling booth at Wazirabad riding on the arms of her family members.

Aparna Parashar, a resident of DLF Phase 2, said, “I made sure I did not waste my precious vote. An ideal candidate should be one who understands the concerns of the public and stand with us in times of crisis. The area needs to be encroachment-free as the entrance and exit of DLF has been literally blocked off and we find it difficult to even walk after sundown.”

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Women said they understand the value of their votes and voted in the hope of a safe and secure city. They were even seen sending out the message that women can bring change to the system.

Manju Mohanty, a resident of DLF Phase 2, said, “More women came out to vote this time. We made sure we compared all the candidates and checked their backgrounds before deciding who to vote for. We wanted to elect a candidate who we think will resolve our issues and have time to visit the area and listen to the concerns of the senior citizens.”

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 19:46 IST