Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the elections held for six municipal corporations in Gujarat recorded a poor turnout creating panic among political parties who have fielded their candidates. While the voter turnout was less, some people who took the effort to go to the polling station to cast their vote could not exercise their franchise.
One such case has come to the fore in the Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad where a woman could not cast her vote because somebody else had already voted in her name. The incident took place in Pankaj Vidyalaya in Navrangpura. The woman, Laxmi Solanki, had gone to cast her vote in the school, but there the polling officials told her that her vote has been already cast.
She also tried to register a complaint in this regard, but in vain.
Terror of anti-social elements in Ahmedabad’s Vatva
Another grievance related to anti-social elements threatening voters and preventing them from exercising their franchise in ward 47 Vatva has come to the fore.
Congress’ election coordination committee chairman Babubhai Patel has written a letter to the returning officer complaining that two anti-social elements were preventing voters from exercising their franchise at polling stations 62 to 71 in ward number 47. Not only this, but these people were also threatening voters, Patel has alleged.
Poor voter turnout, worst in Ahmedabad
The election for the six municipal corporations in Gujarat is witnessing a poor turnout of voters, with Ahmedabad recording the lowest voter turnout till 3 pm on Sunday. Notably, citizens can cast their vote till 6 pm.
Of the six municipal corporations, the highest voter turnout of 29.90 per cent was recorded in Bhavnagar, followed by 28.05 per cent in Jamnagar. Vadodara witnessed a voter turnout of 25.43 per cent, whereas Rajkot recorded a voter turnout of 24.94 per cent. Surat recorded a voter turnout of 24.70 per cent, while Ahmedabad recorded a voter turnout of just 20.34 per cent till 3 pm.
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