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BMC polls 2017: 41.32% Voters recorded but most cant find their name on the list

 2017-02-21 12:39:05.0

BMC polls 2017: 41.32% Voters recorded but most cant find their name on the list

Mumbai: At the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, a 16.40% of voting was recorded. The States Election Commission reported that by 11:30 am, voter turnout had doubled since the last reading at 9:30 am, which saw only 8.07% voters turn up to cast their vote.

Mumbai has registered a voter turn out of 41.32 per cent till 3:30, as per the State Election Commissions report. Mumbai is likely to improve its 2012 turnout off 44.75% , with only two hours left for voting till 5:30pm.

The SEC figures shows that over 15 lakh Mumbaikars had cast their vote by 11:30 am. Over 9.6 lakh men, 5.4 lakh women and 16 transgenders, a figure by the SEC revel's . High voting trends have been noticed in western suburbs in areas like Borivali, Malad and Greaon. In the Marathi pockets, along the western belts some polling booths witnessed almost 25% of voting. The Marathi community were seen coming out in large numbers to vote in the BMC elections. There are 92.8 lakh registred voters in Mumbai who will vote across 7,297 booths. And 2,275 candidates who are contesting ascross 227 municipal wards in Mumbai.

Complaints regarding missing voter slips were reported in areas like Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Matunga, Bandra (east) and even Govandi. It appered to be a recurring problem in some areas, like in Eastern suberbs, there was a lot confusion among voters dur to delimitation of wards. In M East ward, several voters complained that their identity numbers om their voting slips did not match the voters list at the polling bvooths. Hence, many voters were then directed directed to the booths. Hundreds voters turend angry with not finding there names in the list in K West Ward of Juhu and Andheri. Residents met with the returning officer to sort the issue.

At Peddar Road polling station (D Ward 214) saw only about 200 people casting their votes by 11 am. Meanwhile, both C and D wards have reported a voter turnout of 11.5 percent, according to the official count.

At Rafiq Nagar, which includes wards 138 and 139, the Samajwadi Party candidates appear to be the popular choice among voters as the sitting MLA of the area, Abu Azmi belongs to the same party. However, Shiv Sena candidate Suresh Bullet could split the votes in ward 139.

However, in central Mumbai the Marathi speaking belt witnessed high voter turnout since morning. In Shivaji Park and Prabhadevi area, it appears to be a straight contest between the Shiv Sena's Visakha Raut and Swapna Deshpande representing MNS. The Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab demanded a probe into "missing voters" and said his party would approach the state election commission in this regard.

Also, just hours before the polling started on Tuesday morning , officers attached with Kurar police station seizes two cars full of liquor being transported to the northern suburbs of Kandivali for distributing ahead of the BMC polls.


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