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MCD Election 2017 LIVE: Low turnout in Okhla as heat wave, Sunday keep many at homes

MCD Election 2017 LIVE: Turnout remains low in the Municipal Corporation elections at 35 per cent till 2 pm across the national Capital. In Okhla too many people preferred to stay at home due to heat wave and Sunday.

“The turnout has been low because of Sunday and heat wave. In the morning a few people turned up at polling booths,” said Naseem Ur Rahman.

If one goes by the State election commission report then the voter turnout was 7.67 per cent across all polling booths three hours after the voting started in Delhi with security beefed up across the Capital.

There are 1.3 crore registered voters for municipal election in Delhi. Only 1.16 per cent voters had turned out at the polling booths in the first two hours. Despite slow start, things picked up later on and the poll panel is expecting things to improve with up to 70 per cent turnout this time. In 2012, about 55 per cent turnout was registered in the MCD polls in 2012, which was termed as the highest in 15 years.

MCD Election 2017 LIVE: Three hours after voting in MCD election began in Delhi on Sunday morning, the state election commission reported the voter turnout to be 7.67% across all polling booths. By 11 am, 5.66 lakh people had cast their votes with the highest turnout in north Delhi – 2.3 lakh of 49.5 lakh voters have chosen their candidates for North Delhi Municipal Corporation till now.

“Around 3,82,359 votes have been polled since 8 am. As many as 16,40,304 people have cast their vote in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation,” according to the State Election Commission (SEC).

After casting their votes, some residents share their photos online. Journalist Tarique Anward wrote on his timeline: “Voted against dengue, chikungunya, overflowing drains and garbage dumps. My vote for change in Ward No. 102 (S).”

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