Voting for all the three municipal corporations started at a sluggish pace with only 1.16 per cent of the total 1.33 crore voters casting their votes by 10 AM across the city.
Around 35 per cent votes were polled in the municipal elections in the national capital till 2 PM, with the electorates in north Delhi leading the tally.
“Around 43,82,359 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).
Polling began for the high-stakes MCD polls at 8 AM and will go on till 5:30 PM. The elections to two wards have been postponed due to death of candidates, so voting is being held in only 270 wards.
“Around 35 per cent of the total votes have been polled. In South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area 16,40,304 votes have been while in East Delhi, the figure stands at 11,05,365,” a senior official of the Commission said.
Meanwhile, annoyed over the delay in sending poll percentage by the officials concerned, the SEC has decided to issue memo to them.
“There has been a delay on the part of concerned official in sending poll percentage data to a control room which has been set up at the SEC headquarters. It has been decided to issue memo to them,” an official said.
There are a total of 1,32,10,206 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for 270 wards falling under the three corporations – NDMC (103), SDMC (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (63).
Voters were seen in queues at polling stations with Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal casting their votes.
Kejriwal, accompanied by his parents, wife and daughter, reached a polling booth in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area to cast vote. Kejriwal’s daughter, Harshita, voted for the first time.
Out of the 13,022 polling stations, the police have declared 3,284 as sensitive and 1,464 as hyper-sensitive.
There are over 1.1 lakh first-time voters. Also, for the first time in the MCD elections, None Of The Above (NOTA) option has been made available.
There are a total of 1,32,10,206 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for the wards falling under the three civic bodies–North Delhi Municipal Corporation (104), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (64).