Counting of votes for Gujarat’s six municipal corporations, election for which were held on Sunday (February 21), is underway from 9 am on Tuesday (February 23).
Shalini Agarwal, the District Collector, told reporters during a press conference on February 21: “We are following the COVID-19 protocol and proper security arrangements have been taken place at the eight-strong rooms. The counting of votes will begin at 9 am tomorrow.”
The six civic bodies – Bhavnagar, Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Rajkot – were under the control of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The State Election Commission (SEC) also announced that an average 46.08 per cent turnout was recorded during voting, that took place between 7 AM and 6 PM on February 21.
Counting of votes for Gujarat local body polls to be held today; visuals from Vadodara pic.twitter.com/uyoUkrJFq8
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While Ahmedabad registered the lowest turnout of 42.51 per cent, Jamnagar recorded the highest turnout of 53.38 per cent. This was followed by Rajkot’s 50.72 per cent, 49.46 per cent in Bhavnagar, Vadodara’s 47.84 per cent and 47.14 per cent in Surat.
As per initial trends, BJP is leading in Jamjodhpur, Thaltej, Vastrapur, Asarwa, Saijpur, Nava Vadaj and Navrangpura wards. Meanwhile, Congress has taken a lead in Dariapur and Chandkheda wards. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is leading in Behrampura.
Thus far, BJP is leading in 58 seats with Congress close second with 8 seats.
The SEC in an official release revealed that out of the total 1.14 crore voters recorded in these cities of Gujarat, 52.83 lakh were casted as ballots.
“The results for six municipal corporations will be declared on February 23, while results of 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats results are scheduled to be declared on March 2,” the SEC had said.