Mumbai: The counting of votes in Aurangabad and Navi Mumbai for the municipal elections held on Wednesday are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. today. The election results are expected before 05:00 pm, according to the Election Commision Maharashtra.
"Counting will start at 10 am on Thursday and the election code of conduct will be over once all the results are declared," said the state election commissioner.
Additional security forces have been deployed at both the places for smooth and peaceful counting.
About 51 percent of voters exercised their votes to elect 111 members of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, whereas 65 per cent voters turned up to elect 111 members of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation in the elections held Wednesday.
Aurangabad has 113 wards, however two Shiv Sena candidates -- in wards 100 and 103 -- had already been elected unopposed.
Shiv Sena and BJP contested in an alliance in both municipal corporations while the Congress and NCP contested separately.
Sena is in power in Aurangabad for the last 30 years whereas Navi Mumbai, a satellite town of Mumbai, is known to be a stronghold of NCP leader Ganesh Naik.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which won on one seat in the last state election, is contesting on 54 seats, and is confident of victory in Muslim majority areas.
"We were in the fray in Aurangabad and the result will prove how Muslim voters have accepted us an alternative," MIM MLA Imtiaz Jaleel said, adding that he hoped for a big victory.
State BJP chief Raosaheb Danve however said that BJP- Shiv Sena alliance will win in Aurangabad. However, the Congress too is confident that the party will be able to dislodge Sena from the civic body in Aurangabad.
In Aurangabad, a total of 8,95,940 voters (Male-4,30,635, female- 3,85,305) cast votes. There were minor incidents of stone-pelting and scuffles.
Elsewhere, the voting percentages in civic polls were as follows: Ambernath municipal council: 48.81 percent, Kulgaon-Badlapur municipal council: 59 percent, Rajgurunagar (Pune): 72 per cent, Varangaon (Jalgaon): 77.23 per cent, Bhokar (Nanded): 74.4 per cent, Movad (Nagpur): 87.90 per cent and Wadi (Nagpur) municipal council: 62.3 per cent.
Of the 2,827 gram panchayats where elections were held, 387 panchayats were elected unopposed.