BMC polls: Mumbai records 52.17% voter turnout, highest in last 3 elections
Today, you have the authority to elect 227 candidates who can work for a better quality of life for you and your familyUpdated: Feb 21, 2017 19:11 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls got underway on Tuesday, with 2,275 candidates in 227 municipal wards in the fray. The vote is expected to be a referendum on the BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis government. With all four main parties – Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress and NCP – striking out on their own, each is looking at these elections with an eye on the next big one, the 2019 assembly polls. Besides, there are parties such as the MNS, which is fighting for relevance in state polity, and the AIMIM, which is trying to register its presence in Maharashtra.
Here are the highlights of the day:
6.23pm: Mumbai ‘s voting percentage likely to be 6%-7% higher than the 2012 elections. It could be one of the best voting percentage the city has seen in civic polls.
6.22pm: Final figures are expected by 7 pm
6.15pm: Voter turnout in Mumbai 52.17%, Thane: 53.11%, Ulhasnagar: 46.83%, Pune 49.52%, Pimpri-Chinchwad: 51.86%, Nashik 52.63%, Nagpur 49.95%, Solapur 44%, Amravati 51.62%, Akola 42.39%, according to the preliminary figures released by the state election commission
6.10pm: Voter turnout at 5.30pm in Mumbai -- 52.17% - the highest in the last three civic elections
5.30pm: In other municipal corporation, the voter turnout till 3.30pm was:
5.28pm: Voting percentage is expected to go up substantially, say experts
5.27pm: Akola city recorded highest voting at 46.30% till 3.30pm in 10 municipal corporations in the state, followed by 45.05% in Thane, 43.80% in Pimpri-Chinchwad and 43.33% in Nashik. Ulhasnagar witnesses lowest turnout at 24.83%.
5.25pm: 40.5% turnout in ten municipal corporations till 3.30pm
Voting percentage in the state for municipal corporations till 3.30pm
Thane : 45.05
Pune : 42.92
Pimpri Chinchwad : 43.80
Nagpur : 45.72
5.20 pm: Actor Shah Rukh Khan spotted at a polling booth in Bandra
5.01pm: “If I was home I’d definitely be voting...” tweets actor Priyanka Chopra, who is in Los Angeles to shoot Quantico
4.43pm: Mumbai turnout at 41.32% till 3:30pm
4.34pm: Names of at least 100 voters missing from election list at Bandra East’s MIG Colony: ANI
3.41pm: Actor Neena Gupta at a polling booth in Juhu
3.08pm: Voting percentage across Maharashtra till 1.30 pm
Pimpri Chinchwad: 30.86%
Akola: 32.39 %
3.05pm: “The release of list of voters got delayed and there was also a change in polling booths. All this may have an impact on elections,” BJP’s Mumbai unit president Ashish Shelar tells PTI.
2.44pm: Mumbai records 32.1% voting till 1:30 pm
2.36pm: Actor Hema Malini leaves a polling booth in Juhu after casting her vote
2.28pm: NCP chief Sharad Pawar voted in a municipal ward where nine candidates are contesting but none belong to his party.
2.14pm: Actor Arbaz Khan reaches Mount Mary school, Bandra, with father Salim Khan to cast his vote
2.09pm: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar urges people to come out and vote. “Rather than complaining and being unhappy about something, I would ask everyone to come and vote and bring in that change. Whatever change they need, they need to be here to vote to bring in that change,” he told ANI.
1.50pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray visits Shiv Sena shakas across Mumbai.
1.28pm: Turnout in Mumbai till 11.30am
1.18pm: Slow start to voting for Nagpur, Akola and Amravati municipal corporations, turnout at 22% till 1pm.
1.08pm: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar votes in Bandra.
12.40pm: Actor Varun Dhawan was unable to vote as his name did not figure on the list. “It’s bizarre because I voted last year.Will find out from EC where my name is,” said Dhawan.
12.39pm: Mumbai turnout at 16.40% till 11:30am.
12.13pm: Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Bhagyashree vote in Juhu.
12.09pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray with his wife and son at a polling booth in Bandra.
11.43am: BJP’s Shaina NC was able to vote after authorities helped her with the formalities.
11.33am: BJP leader Shaina NC not allowed to vote as her name was missing from the list: ANI
11.14am: There are 91.8 lakh registered voters in Mumbai who will vote across 7,297 booths.
11.12am: Mumbai sees 8.07% voting till 9.30 am
10:17am: Close to 45% citizens are not aware of the candidates contesting for the 2017 municipal elections in their respective wards whereas 30% of them don’t even know which ward they belong, a study shows. A survey of over 5000 families conducted by students of R D & S H National College in Bandra shows that there’s still much to be done to reach 100% awareness about voting in the city.
10:04am: NCP’s Sharad Pawar arives at Mahalaxmi Centre along with his granddaughter to cast his vote.
10:00am: The BJP expressed confidence of securing a majority in the 2017 BMC polls, despite facing a stiff competition from its ally Shiv Sena. “This time the BJP will definitely get a majority, the people are with us and we have a commitment with the people,” BJP leader Kirit Somaiya told ANI.
9:41am: This is the first election in which the state election commission is putting up boards with the information about candidates’ assets and cases against them on a board, right at the polling centres.
9.11am: Actor Rekha and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar after casting votes. Bollywood stars have been campaigning for the BMC to ensure that Mumbaikars vote in large numbers.
9.06am: Visually challenged Vijaykumar Sanjgire, 80, with his sister, after casting vote at Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar
9.04am: Congress candidate and sitting corporator Pravin Chheda does a recce of polling booths in ward number 32 in Ghatkopar.
8.59am: HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh casts his vote.
8:55am: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday cast his vote at a local school in Nagpur. The local body polls would be witnessing a high-pitch battle between the BJP, the Shiv Sena, the Congress, the MNS and the NCP.
8.50am: A dummy ballot on display at a polling booth in Ghatkopar.
8.37am: Saroja Narayanan and CV Narayanan, residents of Sion for 50 years, cast their vote. The senior citizen couple had to go to three polling booths to find their names
8.27am: Voters are turning up at polling booths in Ghatkopar.
8.25am: Ram Naik, the governor of Uttar Pradesh, casts his vote at Goregaon in Mumbai.
8.21am: Tina Ambani casts her vote at a booth in Colaba: ANI
8.20am: A man carries a senior citizen to a polling booth in Bhandup.
8.13am: Brisk voting at polling centres across the city, with mainly senior citizens in queues.
8:12am: The Kurar Police seized two cars full of liquor last night ahead of the BMC polls, news agency ANI reported. The liquor was seized after a tip-off to police by a person that the liquor were being transported for distributing it ahead of the BMC polls.
7.30am: Voing begins for 227 seats of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
All about BMC polls
A total of 3.77 crore voters will determine the fate of 17,331 candidates for 3210 seats up for grabs in 10 municipal corporations, 11 zilla parishads and 118 panchayat samitis in the second phase of polls being seen as “mini-assembly elections.”
The stakes are high for CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who have led their respective parties from the front and were involved in a high-decibel campaign relegating the Opposition Congress and NCP to the background.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Feb 21, 2017 08:15 IST