Voting for the three municipal corporations in the national Capital, including Okhla came to an end hours ago as party campaigners having their kiosks a few metres from the voting booths were seen packing up items.
It was in the morning when voting for the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) started with residents turning up at polling booths. However, the turnout was low due to heat waves and Sunday.
Some party campaigners said the voter turnout was very low. It picked up in the afternoon as weather cooled down a little bit, said a source. Dailies also reported about the dismal voting turnout for 272 wards in the first three hours. The polling was held across 13022 booths in 770 premises.
“The entire electoral exercise passed off peacefully. The turnout by 4 PM was around 45 per cent and we are very hopeful that the final tally will be beyond 54 per cent, the voting percentage in the 2012 civic body polls in Delhi,” State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava said.
“Around 22.2 lakh people have cast their vote in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation,” the State Election Commission said.
And for the first time, voters in Delhi got an opportunity to use None Of The Above (NOTA) option. Some residents didn’t show interest in casting their votes. An auto driver in Okhla said he didn’t vote in his home constituency Trilokpuri.
Security was also beefed up in the locality with 56,000 Delhi police personnel deployed across the city.
Though there are three main contenders in the MCD, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress, some regional parties like JDU, RJD and others too took a political plunge. In some pockets of the State where population of Bihar people is high, JDU and RJD pitched their candidates in the hope to garner votes.
For years MCD has been ruled by the BJP and it is aiming to win it for the third time with AAP trying to win it for the first time after coming to power in Delhi Assembly election in a landslide win.
The results will be announced on April 26.