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Gujarat: Average voter turnout of 42% recorded in municipal corporation elections

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The voting for the six municipal corporations in Gujarat came to an end at 6 pm on Sunday. The voter turnout was poor to average in areas under all the six municipal corporations, with the state recording an average voter turnout of 41.93 per cent. While voting was slow in the morning, it picked up pace post afternoon.

Out of the six municipal corporations, the voter turnout was the worst in Ahmedabad. Notably, only 37.81 per cent of voters exercised their franchise on Sunday. The next on the list was Surat that recorded a voter turnout of 42.11 per cent till 6 pm. The third on the list was Vadodara with a voter turnout of 42.84 per cent.

Vadodara is followed by Bhavnagar with a voter turnout of 43.66 per cent. It is followed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s hometown Rajkot, which recorded a voter turnout of 45.74 per cent. The highest voter turnout among all the six municipal corporations was recorded at Jamnagar, with a voter turnout of 49.64 per cent.

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The poor voter turnout became a cause of concern for the political parties that had fielded their candidates for the civic polls. All these parties activated their leaders and cadres to convince people to exercise their democratic rights.

Voting began at 7 am

Voting for six municipal corporations in the state began at 7 am on Sunday. Voting was held for 575 seats in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Junagarh and Bhavnagar. Nearly 2,276 candidates are in the fray and their future will be decided on February 23 when results for these six municipal corporations will be declared.

Out of the 2,276 candidates, 577 are from BJP, 566 from Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties and 228 Independents. The total number of voters in the six cities stands at 1.14 crore that includes 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women. There were 11,121 polling booths out of which 2,255 are sensitive and 1,188 are very sensitive.

Over 43,000 policemen were deployed to maintain law and order and for the smooth conduct of elections in the six municipal corporations. It included 25,000 personnel from regular units, 15,000 home guards and 3,000 from State Reserve Police Force (SRPF).

Voter turnout declines

The voter turnout in 2021 for the six municipal corporations declined considerably as compared to the turnout in the previous election held in 2015, except for Surat. Some people are blaming the poor turnout on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

City Voting % in 2015 Voting % in 2021
Ahmedabad 46.51 37.81
Rajkot 49.72 45.74
Surat 39.63 42.11
Bhavnagar 47.42 43.66
Vadodara 48.71 42.84
Jamnagar 56.76 49.64

 

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