The counting of votes for the Gandhinagar Municipal Company (GMC) elections, which had been held on Sunday, started on the wee hours of the morning of Tuesday. With BJP within the lead, many social gathering staff and supporters had been captured dancing and rejoicing exterior the counting centre to their hearts content material as BJP staked its declare on 37 of the 44 seats.
The Gujarat State Election Fee (SEC) authorities mentioned the polling remained peaceable with none reportage of violence.
A complete of 162 candidates are within the fray for the 44 seats throughout 11 wards in GMC. The turnout in by-elections for 3 seats in two municipal companies of Ahmedabad and Junagadh and seats in municipalities and district panchayats, which had been additionally held on Sunday, additionally remained low at 27.20, 47.99 and 57.08 %, respectively, the official added.
By-election to seats in taluka panchayats recorded a mean turnout of 72.64 %, the state election fee mentioned. The struggle is a three-cornered one with the AAP placing in a concerted effort other than conventional rivals BJP and Congress.
These polls had been held after the ruling BJP eliminated Vijay Rupani from the chief minister’s submit and gave Bhupendra Patel cost of the highest seat lately.
Notably, that is the third normal election of GMC. The state capital was awarded standing of Municipal Company in 2010-11 after an order of Gujarat Excessive court docket. The order got here on a petition moved by some involved residents of Gandhinagar metropolis in September 2009. Order was handed by a division bench of the then Chief Justice of Gujarat HC Okay S Radhakrishnan and Justice Akil Kureshi.
A complete of two.82 lakh voters–1.45 lakh males and 1.36 lakh females–had been anticipated to forged votes within the elections. The SEC had arrange a complete of 284 polling cubicles of which 129 had been marked as ‘delicate’.