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.
Lowest voter turnout in Ahmedabad
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.
Political parties worried
The poor voter turnout has baffled political parties whose candidates are in the fray for the six municipal corporations. The political parties through their leaders and cadres are requesting people to cast their vote. The party cadres are visiting residential societies and requesting people to exercise their franchise.
Mayur Vakani appeals to voters
Sculptor Mayur Vakani, who is popular for portraying the role of Sundar in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, also requested citizens to participate in the democratic process through a video message.
Vakani, who exercised his voting right on Sunday, said that voting is not just a right, but it is a privilege.
Voting began at 7 am
Voting for six municipal corporations in the state has already begun at 7 am on Sunday. Voting is going on for 575 seats in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Junagarh and Bhavnagar. Nearly 2,276 candidates are in the fray and their future depends on the voters.
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 60.60lakh men and 54.06 lakh women. There are 11,121 polling booths out of which 2,255 are sensitive and 1,188 are very sensitive.
Over 43,000 policemen have been deployed to maintain law and order and for the smooth conduct of elections in the six municipal corporations. It includes 25,000 personnel from regular units, 15,000 home guards and 3,000 from State Reserve Police Force (SRPF).
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