The Greater Hyderabad Municipality Corporation (GHMC) election on Tuesday concluded at 6 pm with a voter turnout practically 36 per cent till 5 pm. Around 30 per cent voters solid their votes within the elections till Four pm, election officers stated. According to SEC, 29.76 per cent voters solid their votes with two extra hours left for the polling course of to finish. Meanwhile, SEC has additionally banned the published for exit polls till December 3, 6 pm in view of the re-polling that has been scheduled for Old Malaket (Ward No. 26)
Like within the earlier municipal polls, voter indifference marked GHMC elections this time too with the Covid-19 pandemic and sequence of holidays additional bringing down the turnout. The turnout remained uninteresting all through the day as few voters turned as much as solid their votes, regardless of enchantment by the ballot authorities, all political events, NGOs and celebrities to enhance the polling percentage.
The polling within the GHMC was held from 7 am to six pm in all of the 69 polling stations by changing the Returning Officer too.
A complete of 74,67,256 persons are eligible to solid their votes, together with 38,89,637 males, 35,76,941 ladies and 678 others.
In the 2016 GHMC elections, 45.27 per cent voters had solid their votes. Though the political events had hoped that the percentage will enhance this time, the response by the city voters remained lukewarm.
This time, the Covid-19 scenario is being blamed for the poor turnout, regardless of the reassurance by the authorities that they’ve taken all precautions by following the Covid-19 protocols.
The election authorities are conducting the polls via paper ballots as an alternative of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
For voters above 80 years of age, bodily challenged and those that examined Covid optimistic after Nobember 1, the authorities provided postal poll facility. However, some voters above even 90 years of age and bodily challenged turned out to solid their votes.
A complete of 1,122 candidates are testing their political fortunes. Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is assured of retaining energy, whereas the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a decided bid to wrest the municipal physique.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which is contesting 51 seats, is assured of retaining 44 seats in its stronghold.
Polling in Old Malakpet ward was stopped after a goof-up in poll paper was seen. The SEC introduced that re-polling in all of the 69 polling stations within the ward can be held on December 3. The image of CPI-M was printed because the image of CPI, ensuing within the postponement of polling. Counting of votes can be taken up on December 4.