A mere 46.3 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the Sarai Pipal Thala ward bypoll in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) today, a decline of over 14 per cent votes from the 2012 MCD polls, Press Trust of India reported. Out of over 53,000 registered voters, only 24,739, comprising 13,116 males and 11,623 females came out to cast their votes in the bypoll, news agency Press Trust of India reported quoting a senior official of the Delhi State Election Commission. In 2012, voting percentage of the ward in the 2012 MCD poll was recorded at 60.6 per cent. The bypoll thus saw a decline of over 14 per cent votes this time, the official told PTI.
The voting was also affected mildly due to power failure at some of the 57 polling booths because of dust storm and rain in the final hour of polling. “Otherwise, the voting was peaceful,” said the official. The report said that polling started with a slow pace with just 8.59 per cent of the votes cast till 10 AM. Polling in Sarai Pipal Thala and Maujpur wards was postponed due to death of a candidate there. However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recorded a landslide victory in the voting for the rest 270 wards in three municipal corporations on April 23. The results for the same were announced on April 26.
In Sarai Pipal Thala ward, Samajwadi Party candidate Dinesh Singh passed away, resulting in the bypoll. Now, his son Himanshu has been fielded by the party. The ward is currently held by the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party). BSP’s Mohammad Sarif, former leader of opposition in NDMC Mukesh Goel (Congress), BJP’s Mangat Ram and AAP’s Rajeev Bansal are touted as the leading candidates in the poll. The counting of votes for both the wards will take place on May 23.