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MCG elections: Fate of 202 candidates across 35 wards to be decided today

While a clutch of new faces will be keen to taste victory in their maiden electoral contest, old war horses will look to hold their own in the Gurgaon civic polls today.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 24, 2017 08:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Polling officials busy with preparations a day ahead of the MCG elections.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The fate of 202 candidates contesting in Municipal Corporation Gurugram (MCG) election will be decided on Sunday. Polling will start early morning and the results will be out by the evening.

A total of 5,58,884 people are eligible to cast their votes. Of these, 2,92,938 are men and 2,65,946 are women. They will elect councillors for 35 wards across the city. The polls, this year, will be the second since the inception of the MCG. The first election was held in 2011.

As compared to the 2011 elections, where a total of 378 candidates were in fray, this year, the candidates are far less in number.

In the 2011 elections, as well, polling was held for 35 wards. A total of 4,23,597 voters got their fingers inked at 459 polling stations. Of these, 2,23,783 were men & 1,99,814 were women. The poll percentage was 63.3% (64.98 % male and 61.42% female).

Out of the total 202 candidates this year, as many as 78 are women. The mayor’s post has been reserved for women.

One of the 12 wards, reserved exclusively for women, will elect the eventual civic chief.

According to polling officials, a total of 1600 electronic voting machines have been arranged for the election.

“With a view to conduct the election peacefully, a total of 1,794 polling officers will be in charge of 546 polling booths. Also, 51 duty magistrate will be a part of the polling process,” Pradeep Dahiya, additional deputy commissioner, said.

Residents will be able to cast their votes from 7am to 5pm on Sunday. Dahiya also said that 3,600 police personnel will be deployed for ensuring a smooth conduct of the election procedure and a total of 20 check post will be set up in MCG areas to curb the movement of anti-social elements during polling hours.

“On the day of election, each candidate is authorised to use only three vehicles, including his own, to cast votes,” Dahiya said.

To help residents navigate to their designated polling stations, a mobile application was also lunched by the divisional commissioner D Suresh. The app, ‘vote 4 MCG’, is also aimed at generating public awareness on the election.

The ‘vote 4 MCG’ application lets a voter search for the exact location of polling booths or give them all information about their booths only after they feed in their details.

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Apart from the mobile application, all liquor stores are to remain shut for two days because of the MCG polls.According to the excise officials, liquor can be served only after counting of votes gets over on Sunday evening.

Of the 35 wards that are to go to polls, six have been reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates. These are ward numbers 1,7,11, 17, 21 and 25. Two wards that are reserved for backward caste candidates are 24 and 31. Ward numbers 32, 35, 9, 5, 16, 27, 33, 22, 26 and 2 are reserved for women from general category.

Though the tenure of MCG councillors ended on June 21, 2015, the elections were delayed on account of alleged anomalies in process of delimitation of wards. The corporation was formed in 2008.

First Published: Sep 23, 2017 22:47 IST