Polling to elect Delhi’s municipal councillors ended at 5.30 PM here today. However, those who entered the polling stations before the stipulated time will be allowed to vote. “The entire electoral exercise passed off peacefully. The turnout by 4 PM was around 45 per cent and we are very hopeful that the final tally will be beyond 54 per cent, the voting percentage in the 2102 civic body polls in Delhi,” State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava said. The initial hours of polling, which began at 8 AM, witnessed a dismal turnout. The situation improved as people trooped out later in the day as the intense heat waned.
Around 46 per cent turn out was recorded till 4 PM, with north Delhi leading the tally. “Around 22.2 lakh people have cast their vote in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation,” the State Election Commission said. Polling was held in 270 wards of the three municipal corporations. The election to two wards have been postponed due to death of candidates.
1,32,10,206 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for 270 wards falling under the three corporations – NDMC (103), SDMC (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (63).