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Last Updated: December 04, 2022, 23:52 IST
New Delhi, India
Delhi MCD Election Updates: Voting is underway for the high-stake Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MDC) elections in the national capital, with poll authorities and security forces all geared up for it. To ensure a free and fair poll, 170 companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been deployed in Delhi for the polls.
The state election commission also brought in 14,000 home guards from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to help CAPF and local police to maintain law and order across the city on Sunday. For the MCD polls, “nearly 40,000 Delhi Police personnel, about 20,000 home guards and 108 companies Read More
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More than 50 per cent voting was recorded on Sunday in the election to the 250 municipal wards in Delhi, with main rivals BJP and AAP claiming victory in the high-stakes contest. According to the State Election Commission, the poll percentage was around 50.47 per cent at 5.30 pm when the scheduled voting time ended. The figure is likely to rise as polling continued at some polling stations after 5:30 pm with people who queued up at polling booths before the scheduled closing time casting their votes. The results will be announced on December 7.
Security was heightened at 3,360 critical booths spanned 493 locations with the deployment of 25,000 police personnel, nearly 13,000 home guards and about 100 companies of paramilitary forces to ensure smooth conduct of the MCD polls on Sunday, officials said. Sixty drones were used to especially maintain law and order in critical or sensitive booths, they said.
Amid beefed-up security, the residents of Delhi’s northeast exercised their franchise in a civic poll for the first time since the infamous 2020 riots, hoping for a safer future. Polling was held on 250 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Sunday. As per data shared by officials, 3,360 booths, spanning 493 locations, were identified in critical or sensitive categories. At a polling station in Khajuri Khas, ACP Niraj Tokas said 21 police personnel have been deputed to look after the security at the booth. “One ACP-rank officer, one superintendent of police, one sub-inspector, four ASI and 14 constables have been deputed to secure the area. The voting went well. Nothing untoward happened,” Tokas told PTI.
The BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party accused each other of violating model code of conduct during voting in municipal polls in Delhi on Sunday. Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor alleged that recorded messages of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing people to vote for the AAP were received by lakhs of people on the day of polling. He said it was a violation of model code of conduct and lodged a complaint with the State Election Commission. The party also lodged a complaint against AAP MLA Durgesh Pathak and another party leader Vijendra Garg.
Polling of those voters who reported before 5:30 is still going on at many Polling Stations
“My name is neither in the voter list nor in the deleted list. My wife has voted. Officials are checking it,” says Delhi Congress president Anil Chaudhary who arrived at a polling booth in Dallupura to cast his vote for #DelhiMCDElections pic.twitter.com/cHWtjYin5f
— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2022
The residents of Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri have cast their votes for peace, communal harmony and cleanliness in this Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. The market area in Jahangirpuri which had come to a standstill in April due to clashes between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession was bustling on Sunday as people went out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. The clash that erupted on April 16 left eight police personnel and a local resident injured. Although the situation returned to normalcy months ago, the security in the market area was slightly beefed up with the deployment of police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel every 200 metres. Tajman Bibi, one of the Jahangirpuri voters, said he wants the upcoming MCD regime to focus on peace and communal harmony, which are his primary concerns.
Speaking to ANI, Chaudhary alleged that his name was neither in the voters list nor in the deleted list. Anil Chaudhary arrived at a polling booth in Dallupura to cast his vote for the polls, but was forced to return without him casting his vote. READ MORE
Grappling with issues such as waterlogging, poor roads and lack of education facilities, people in the rural areas of Delhi’s Rohini and Badli turned up in large numbers on Sunday to vote in the Delhi municipal elections. Waiting in a long queue outside a polling booth in Rohini sector 18, 86-year-old Shanti Devi told PTI that better drainage facilities and roads are needed in her locality.
Several children in the national capital had a brush with the electoral process as they excitedly accompanied their parents and other family members to the polling booths during the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections on Sunday. Several polling booths had special arrangements for kids, including a creche facility, swings and decked-up selfies kiosks. Naman, a class 4 student, had accompanied his maternal grandfather to the polling booth at the Pusa Institute.
Voting started at 8 am on Sunday for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) where the BJP, Congress, and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are vying for control. This is the corporation’s first election since the Centre merged the national capital’s three municipal bodies – the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation – into one in May. READ MORE
“Today, the whole family went together and voted to form an honest government in the Municipal Corporation. Today is a holiday, you too must go and vote with your whole family. Ask your neighbours and acquaintances too. Together we will make Delhi clean and beautiful.” wrote Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter after casting his vote for the ongoing Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections
नगर निगम में एक ईमानदार सरकार बनाने के लिए आज पूरे परिवार साथ जाकर मतदान किया। आज छुट्टी का दिन है, आप भी अपने पूरे परिवार के साथ जाकर मतदान ज़रूर करें। अपने पड़ोसियों और जानकारों को भी वोट डालने के लिए कहें।
हम सब मिलकर दिल्ली को साफ़-स्वच्छ और सुंदर बनाएँगे। pic.twitter.com/v5yPd9tdat
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 4, 2022
Over 45 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 4 pm in the high-stakes election to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Sunday. While the turnout at 12.30 pm was 18 per cent, it rose to 30 per cent by 2.30 PM. Voting will conclude at 5.30 pm. The previous civic body polls in 2017 had recorded 53 per cent voting. The counting of votes will take place on December 7.
Polling going on at a fast pace across Delhi. No untoward incident reported so far.
First-time voters batted for a spick and span Delhi with better civic amenities as they queued up for the MCD elections on Sunday. Of the 1.45 crore voters in Delhi, 95,0000 are first-time voters. Coming out of a polling station set up at ITI Malviya Nagar, 18-year-old Namita said her vote was for cleanliness, better education, better parking facilities and against encroachment.
Being wheelchair-bound or walking with crutches was not a deterrent for differently-abled Delhi residents who enthusiastically arrived at the polling booths on Sunday to make their vote count for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election. Praveen (56), whose family brought him to the booth in a wheelchair, said, “Every vote matters”.
At least thirty percent voter turnout was recorded till 2.30 pm in the high stakes election to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. While the turnout at 12.30 pm was 18 per cent, the polling picked pace as the day progressed and will continue till 5.30 pm. The counting of votes will take place on December 7.
Delhi | People of Katewara village in North West district say they have boycotted MCD elections due to a lack of basic amenities like proper roads, drains in the village
Till the time the authorities don’t hear our grievances, we won’t vote, they say. pic.twitter.com/KboD5CL7R1
— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2022
Accompanied by her daughter, 106-year-old Shanti Bala Vaidya reached a polling station in Bara Hindu Rao area in north Delhi to cast her vote in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) poll on Sunday morning.”She has not missed a single election since she started voting,” her 40-year-old daughter Kamla said. Vaidya only understands Bengali but cannot talk.”The only word she utters is ‘Maa’. She calls me Maa,” Kamla, who is a dry fruit vendor, said.Police personnel deployed at Deputy Ganj polling station also helped Vaidya in casting her vote.
MCD चुनाव, गुजरात और हिमाचल प्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव में तीनों जगह कमल खिलेगा। गुजरात और हिमाचल प्रदेश में भाजपा की फिर से सरकार बनेगी और MCD में भी भाजपा की सरकार बनेगी: केंद्रीय मंत्री अनुराग ठाकुर, हिसार, हरियाणा pic.twitter.com/3P6ok2EELg
— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) December 4, 2022
Over 1.45 crore electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections to the 250 wards of MDC, in which 1,349 candidates are in the fray. For the election that are largely being seen as a three-way contest among the AAP, the BJP and the Congress, polling will be held from 8 am to 5:30 pm and the votes will be counted on December 7.
According to data shared by the State Election Commission officials, the total number of voters in Delhi is 1,45,05,358 — 78,93,418 males, 66,10,879 females and 1,061 transgender persons.
This is the first civic polls being held in the national capital after the February 2020 riots in Delhi, and as per data shared by officials, 3360 booths, spanning 493 locations, have been identified in critical or sensitive categories.
Sixty-eight model polling stations and as many pink polling stations covering all eleven assembly segments, have been established for quality experience of voters, poll officials said.
This is also the first civic election after the fresh delimitation exercise, and the poll will be held days after the first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections, and a day ahead of its second phase.
Authorities have set up 13,638 polling stations across Delhi for the exercise. There were 272 wards in Delhi and three corporations — NDMC, SDMC and EDMC — in Delhi from 2012-2022, before being reunified into an MCD that had formally come into existence on May 22.
The erstwhile MCD, established in 1958, was trifurcated in 2012 during Sheila Dikshit’s tenure as the chief minister. With the announcement of the MCD polling date on November 4 by State Election Commissioner Vijay Dev, the Model Code of Conduct came into immediate effect in the national capital from that day itself.
Both the AAP and the BJP have exuded confidence that they will emerge victorious in the polls while the Congress is seeking to regain lost turf. The high-decibel campaigning for the December 4 polls, which saw roadshows of AAP and BJP heavyweights criss-cross through the national capital amid a political slugfest, concluded on Friday.
Giving campaigns of their parties one final push on Friday, BJP leaders held over 200 public meetings and roadshows, while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia held a town hall with 400 traders to discuss issues faced by them while dealing with the civic body.
All wholesale and retail markets in the national capital will remain closed on December 4 in view of the civic body polls here, a traders’ body said on Saturday. The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) said popular markets, including Lajpat Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Kamala Nagar, Karol Bagh, Laxmi Nagar among others will remain closed.
According to a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a few days ahead of the polls, the BJP has the highest number of millionaire candidates in the fray, followed by the AAP and the Congress.
Of the top three richest candidates, two from the BJP and one from the AAP. In the civic election in 2017, the BJP had won 181 of the 270 wards. No polling could be held on two seats due to death of candidates. The AAP had won 48 wards and the Congress 27. In 2017 civic polls, the voting percentage was about 53.
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