For many voters who had turned out to exercise t heir franchise in the MCD polls early morning in Okhla better roads and cleanliness among others were the most important issues.
Jamia Nagar resident Tarique Anwar wrote: “Voted against dengue, chikungunya, overflowing drains and garbage dumps. My vote is for change in Ward No 102 (S).”
Other residents too concurred with him and said they want a councillor who could work for development. It is to be noted that many residents had faced the brunt of water-borne diseases last year. Several residents had even died due to dengue and it was made a political issue.
Across Delhi too residents voted for better roads and cleanliness.
“I am fed up with the poor sanitation management in my area, which causes vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in the monsoon. I have voted for better cleanliness,” Sonia Jaiswal, a first-time voter from Janakpuri, sanitation, told PTI.
Abul Fazal Enclave resident Naseem Ur Rahman said: “As you all know the situation in the locality is bad. Bad roads, potholes and water logging throughout the year are cause of concern for residents. Moreover, just on the roadside piled-up garbage is a routine. We want such things to come an end.”
All told, there were some residents, like Nakshab Mawanvi and others, who didn’t vote. “I did not go out to vote today. It was too hot. Sorry ‘Democracy’”, he wrote on his timeline.
For the first time, voters were given the chance to use the ‘None Of The Above’ (NOTA) option.
The results to elect the councillors for the 270 wards under the three civic bodies — North Delhi Municipal Corporation (103 wards), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (63) are to be announced on April 26.