MCG elections Gurgaon: Polling begins for 35 wards, 202 candidates in fray
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MCG elections Gurgaon: Polling begins for 35 wards, 202 candidates in fray

Municipal Corporation of Gurugram: It’s over to people’s court as residents to elect their representatives to the MCG today.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 24, 2017 10:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The urban areas of Gurgaon witnessed a low voter turnout.(HT Photo)

Polling for the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) election started on a sluggish note on Sunday morning, with 4.43% turnout being recorded at 9 am. The urban areas of the city witnessed a low voter turnout whereas people in urban villages, including senior citizens and women, came out to exercise their franchise.

Voting began at 7 am and will end at 5 pm. A total of 5,58,884 people — 2,92,938 men and 2,65,946 are women — are eligible to cast their votes. By 9 am, only 24,742 or 4.43% had cast their votes.

Counting will take place after the polls and results of all 35 wards are expected to be declared by Sunday night.

As many as 202 candidates, including 78 women, are in the fray, with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding candidates in all the seats while Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded 20 candidates.Congress is supporting 14 independent candidates while INLD has extended support to 10 independents from various wards.147 candidates are contesting as independents.

The first MCG elections were held in 2011 and recorded a polling percentage of 63.3% (64.98 % male and 61.42% female).

“I do not want to vote as during elections we see the candidates go invisible later. There has been no development in our area. Hence no vote this time,” said Pushp Lata Agarwal, a resident of DLF phase 2 while out for jogging.

Another resident of DLF phase 2, Aparna Parashar said, “I want the deserving candidate to win as the area needs to be developed. The market has turned into a fish market with no place to move. When we are paying extra to live in DLF. It should look like DLF.”

A small tiff broke out between two candidates in sector 56 where one was seen campaigning inside the booth and offering voter slips with the party symbol. The issue was resolved immediately after police intervened.

Only eight people cast their vote in a booth in Sector 31. A polling officer said more people are expected to turn up during the day.

Power outage at a polling booth in a private school at DLF Phase 2 posed difficulties to polling staff. The police had to intervene as supporters of some candidates had installed tables within 100 metres of the booths.

The seven polling booths at Shri Ram Aravalli School remained idle in the morning due to low voter turnout, claimed poll officials.

“We have appealed to the masses to come out and vote. We are using social media and other publicity material to appeal voters,” said Gurgaon’s deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh.

The tenure of previous councillors ended on June 20 last year but there has been delay of 14 months in conducting the subsequent polls due to delimitation of wards.

In the 2011 elections, 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).

Congress had in 2011 election adopted the strategy of not fielding any candidate on the party symbol and supporting independents. When the results were declared, BJP had secured three seats, INLD six, and 26 independent candidates, largely supported by Congress, were elected.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 09:55 IST