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60 pc voter turnout in Malegaon civic poll

Malegaon witnesses 60 per cent voting for its civic polls held on Sunday, reports Zeeshan Shaikh.
Hindustan Times | By Zeeshan Shaikh, Malegaon
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2007 06:59 PM IST

A large number of Malegaon's residents turned up for voting at the Malegaon Municipal Corporation Elections held on Sunday. Press authorities said that 60 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise.

"The polling was largely peaceful with a voter turnout of 60 per cent," Malegaon Muncipal Corporation's commissioner Kalyan Kelkar said. There are 2.53 lakh-registered voters in the city.

Nearly 357 candidates are in fray for the 71-member Malegaon Muncipal Corporation, which is being presently ruled by the Congress.

"There have been some cases of bogus voting. However by and large theelection process in Malegaon has been peaceful," Nasik Rural SP Nikhil Gupta said. Nearly 2,500 personnel from the SRPF and Police were deployed to monitor the elections in Communally volatile Malegaon.

The elections, which are being fought on development issues, assume significance due to the entry of the Qaumi Mahaz (people's front), a political alternative floated by clerics, to take on established parties like the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular).

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