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Sunday April 15, 2012 01:05:34 PM, Staff Reporter

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Polling begins for Malegaon corporation elections

Voting began Sunday morning for elections to Malegaon's newly-formed civic body - the result of which will also decide who will become the first lady Mayor of the Muslim dominated town in North Maharashtra.  

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Malegaon: 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%.


Besides deciding who will rule the civic body for the next five years, the result of this election will also decide who will become the first lady Mayor of the Muslim dominated town in North Maharashtra.

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) have been deployed in the town to ensure free and fair elections. Video cameras have also been installed at sensitive polling booths. Nashik Superintendent of Police (SP) Pravin Padwal is also camping in the town to look into the law and order situation.

The polling will end at 5.30 p.m.

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

Among the prominent candidates whose fate would be sealed in the elections - the result of which will also decide where Malegaon would stand in future vis--vis cities like Nashik, Jalgaon and Aurangabad in terms of infrastructure, include 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, would also be sealed in the elections.

The votes will be counted Monday.




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