MCD polls: 45 pc voter turnout recorded till 4 pm

The incumbent BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress and locked in a keen three-cornered contest for the 250 MCD wards this year.

New Delhi: The overall polling percentage for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), for all 250 wards, stood at 45 per cent (approx) till 4pm, the State Election Commission informed on Sunday.

In what could be termed a lukewarm response to a high-pitched campaign by the AAP and the BJP for the Delhi civic polls, the overall voter turnout on Sunday was only about 30 per cent, a marginal improvement from an even poorer turnout of 18 per cent till 12 noon and just 9 per cent till 10.30 am.

The polling kicked off at 8am and will end at 5.30 pm.

The incumbent BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress and locked in a keen three-cornered contest for the 250 MCD wards this year. The polling process kicked off amid tight security arrangements on a chilly Sunday morning in the national capital.

Seeking to put the AAP on the defensive during the campaign phase, the BJP released several video clips purportedly showing jailed Delhi minister Satyendar Jain receiving privileged treatment behind bars.

While one clip purportedly showed Jain receiving a personalised body massage, another showed the minister purportedly digging into a five-course meal.

While the BJP centered its civic poll campaign around the purported clips, claiming that the Jail minister was receiving privileged treatment behind bars at Tihar jail, the AAP denied the charge saying that Jain was only being administered physiotherapy on medical advice.

Over 1.45 crore people are eligible to cast their votes in the civic polls, the state poll panel hadf informed earlier, adding that a total of 1,349 candidates, across parties, are in the fray this year.

The state poll panel had further informed that it had set up 13,638 polling stations for civic elections, adding that a sizeable workforce of election functionaries and security agencies had put in a lot of effort in making the necessary poll preparations.

The counting of votes will be done on December 7.

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