A mere 46.3 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the bypoll to Sarai Pipal Thala ward of 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 step out to cast their votes. This was a decline of around 14 per cent. In 2012, voting percentage of the ward in the 2012 MCD poll was recorded at 60.6 per cent.
A senior officer of the Delhi State Election Commission told PTI that just 8.59 per cent of the votes have been cast till 10 AM – voting began at 8 AM and will continue till 5.30 PM today. Votes will be counted place on May 23.
Samajwadi Party candidate Dinesh Singh had died ahead of the polls and this led to the postponement. Now his son Himanshu has been fielded by the party. The incumbent party in the Sarai Pipal Thala ward is BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party). The expectant candidates in the poll are Mohammad Sarif (BSP), former leader of opposition in NDMC Mukesh Goel (Congress), Mangat Ram (BJP) and Rajeev Bansal (AAP).
Here are the UPDATES:
7.00 pm: A mere 46.3 per cent of votes were cast in the bypoll to Sarai Pipal Thala ward of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) today, a decline of over 14 per cent votes from the 2012 MCD polls.
6.30 pm: A total of 24,739 voters, comprising 13,116 males and 11,623 females cast their votes in the bypoll, said a senior official of the Delhi State Election Commission.
6.00 pm: The polling was supposed to end at 5.30 am. However, there has been no input received so far on the same.
5.00 pm: Meanwhile, Delhi Minister Rajender Pal Gautam has held a press conference. “Right before the MCD polls many people complained of having received inflated bills. Especially those who never had to pay much before. I have sought a report within a week. I have also ordered officials to find out the reason behind shortage of water in few areas right before the polls. I think it was politically motivated,” the minister said.
4.00 pm: Meanwhile, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has constituted a high-level committee to look after desilting of drains and open manholes in the city so that Delhiites do not have to face waterlogging problems during this monsoon, reports Press Trust of India.
3.00 pm: The voting in today’s bypoll is crucial as it comes after fierce verbal exchange between Aam Aadmi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party, as the former accused latter of tampering with EVMs.
2.10 pm: Meanwhile, the sacked minister Kapil Mishra has said that he is beginning a ‘Let’s Clean AAP’ project to rid party of the corrupted people.
1.03 pm: Voting for the rest 270 wards in three municipal corporations was held on April 23 and the results were announced on April 26.
12.59 pm: Just 8.59 per cent of the votes were cast till 10 AM, said a senior officer of the Delhi State Election Commission