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Over 60 percent turnout in Malegaon civic polls

Sunday April 15, 2012 09:11:44 PM, Staff Reporter

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A voting percentage of 31.46 is recorded till 11:30 in the morning as voting began Sunday morning for elections to Malegaon's newly-formed civic body. Earlier, in the first two hours of the polling which began 07:30 in the morning was recorded as 14.95%. 

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Malegaon: Defying intense heat, the Malegaonians came out in a large number Sunday to cast votes for the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) elections, the results of which will also decide who becomes the first lady Mayor of this Muslim dominated town in North Maharashtra.


Election officials said that except for the few minor incidents of clashes between rival political groups, the election that saw a voter turnout of 60 to 65 percent was by and large peaceful.


"Voting began exactly at 07:30 in the morning. But the first two hours saw only 14.95% polling. The polling, however, soon picked up and went up to 31.46% till 11:30 AM, 44.78% at 01:30 PM and 54.21% at 03:30 in the afternoon", office of the chief election office informed the reporters.


At some places in the Muslim dominated areas a comparatively higher voting percentage of 70 to 75% was recorded.


At some polling stations where clashes between rival political groups were reported, police used lathi charge to disperse the mob.


Reports of technical problems in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), especially in Ward no. 27 were also reported. The problems, however, were resolved soon. 


Earlier, people queued up outside 540 booths across the town to vote for elections - first after the inclusion of newer areas in the city limit and increase in the corporation body from 72 to 80.

A total of 3,67,374 registered voters are expected to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 471 candidates including 227 women candidates for the 80 seats.

Additional forces including 7 companies of State Reserve Police (SRP) were deployed in the town to ensure free and fair elections. Video cameras were also installed at sensitive polling booths. Nashik Superintendent of Police (SP) Pravin Padwal was in the town to look into the law and order situation.

For the first time, 50 percent seats (40) have been reserved for women candidates.

Among the prominent candidates whose fate are now sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are current Mayor Abdul Malik, NCP stalwarts Yunus Esa and Ibrahim National, senior corporators Rasheed Yeolewala, Sakharam Ghodke, Narendra Sonawane, Ejaz Baig, Prof Rizwan and Bulund Iqbal.

The fate of Shan-e-Hind of Janata Dal (S), Tahira Shaikh Rasheed of Congress party and Jyoti Bhosale, an independent the three front runners for the post of first lady Mayor of Malegaon, are also now sealed in EVMs.

Counting of the votes will be done tomorrow. It will start at 09 a.m. and at four different places in the town. Till the earlier elections, counting was done only at one place.





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