MCG elections Gurgaon: Senior citizens, women exercise franchise; urban voters refrain from polling
Officials claimed that less than 5% voters turned out in urban areas, including wards 35, 34 and 33 which has the DLF residential areas.gurgaon Updated: Sep 24, 2017 13:57 IST
Polling for the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) election that started on a sluggish note on Sunday morning, picked up pace towards noon with 27.02% votes being cast by 1 pm.
Senior citizens and women came out in good numbers in urban villages while voters in urban areas preferred to remain indoors and not exercise their franchise.
Officials claimed that less than 5% voters turned out in urban areas, including wards 35, 34 and 33 which has the DLF residential areas. In ward 33, some of the candidates were seen at the booths urging people to come forward and vote.
With heavy security at the booths, only a minor skirmish at Sector 54 was reported. A small tiff broke out between two candidates in sector 56 as one was seen campaigning inside the booth and offering voter slips with the party symbol. The issue was resolved immediately after police intervened.
Police had to intervene to remove polling stalls installed by some candidates too close to booths. The stalls were installed within 100 meters of the booths in violation of code of conduct in DLF Phase 2.
“I cast my vote for getting civic facilities as a taxpayer,” said Monika Dhiman, a resident of Wellington Heights, DLF 5.
To woo voters, the district administration had launched an App ‘Vote 4 MCG’ to help voters locate polling booths.
“I came to vote with the help of my family members,” said 70-year-old Smriti Rani, who was carried on arms to the polling booth at Wazirabad by her family members.
Residents will be able to cast their votes up to 5 pm to elect councillors in 35 wards.
The first MCG election was held in 2011 when the poll percentage was 63.3% (64.98 % male and 61.42% female).
Gurgaon deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh cast his vote at a booth in Civil Lines.
Total 202 candidates including 78 women are in fray for MCG elections being held after six years. Tenure of previous councillors ended on June 20 last year but this election was delayed by 14 months due to demarcation of wards.
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.
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).
First Published: Sep 24, 2017 13:52 IST