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.
Over 43k policemen deployed
Out of this 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).
Voting till 11 am
Till 11 am, 17-20 per cent was recorded in the six municipal corporations. While Ahmedabad recorded 18 per cent voting, Vadodara recorded 19 per cent. Similarly, Surat recorded 18 per cent voting, whereas Rajkot recorded 17% and Bhavnagar recorded 20 per cent. Jamnagar has recorded 19 per cent voting till 19 per cent.
Notably, the voting is going on amid the coronavirus pandemic and a resurgence of cases across the country. The voting figures are expected to increase considerably by evening.
Amit Shah casts vote
Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday voted in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation election. He reached the voting centre in Naranpura ward on Sunday along with his family and exercised his franchise.
Amit Shah, despite his busy schedule due to the upcoming election in West Bengal, has returned to Ahmedabad to exercise his voting rights. He has also urged citizens to cast their votes in order to strengthen democracy.
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