Polling has started for 35 wards for the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). There are 202 candidates in the fray for the civic body poll.
Voting was sluggish this morning probably due to the fact that it is a Sunday. The intial turnout was 4.43% recorded at 9 am. But, by 11 am the turnout had risen to 15.80%.
The urban areas of the city is witnessing a lower voter turnout compared to the rural communities, where, senior citizens and women are also casting their votes enthusiastically.
Voting began at 7 am and ends at 5 pm for 5,58,884 people.
A total of 202 candidates, including 78 women, are in the fray. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded candidates from all the seats. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded 20. Congress is supporting 14 Independent candidates while INLD is supporting 10 Independents. A whopping 147 of the 202 are contesting as Independent candidates.
Counting will take place after the polls and results of all the 35 wards are expected to be in tonight.
Police are out in adequate numbers to ensure poll safety. A total of 3,600 policemen have been deployed by the state to protect citizens and man the ‘sensitive’ polling booths. Of the 546 polling booths in the city, 153 have been categorised as hypersensitive and 99 as sensitive.
In anticipation of the elections and to maintain peace in the satellite town, this weekend has already been declared as a dry weekend in Gurugram.
Apart from Gurugram, Yamuna Nagar and Hissar in Haryana are also having their civic body elections today.
The first MCG elections in Gurgaon were held in 2011 and had recorded 63.3% polling percentage.