New Delhi: The State Election Commission informed that the total voting percentage at the end of polling for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) at 5.30 pm on Sunday stood at 50% (approx.).
The state election panel further said that polling was going on, at many booths across the national capital, beyond the scheduled closing time of 5.30 pm.
The overall polling percentage for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections at 4 PM stood at 45% (approx). In what could be termed a lukewarm response to a high-pitched campaign by the AAP and the BJP for the Delhi civic polls, the overall voter turnout on Sunday was only about 30%, a marginal improvement from an even poorer turnout of 18% till noon and just 9% till 10.30 am. The polling kicked off at 8 am and will end at 5:30 pm.
The incumbent BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and the Congress locked in a keen three-cornered contest for the 250 MCD wards this year. The polling process kicked off amid tight security arrangements on a chilly Sunday morning in the national capital. Seeking to put the AAP on the defensive during the campaign phase, the BJP released several video clips purportedly showing jailed Delhi minister Satyendar Jain receiving privileged treatment behind bars.
While one clip purportedly showed Jain receiving a personalized body massage, another showed the minister purportedly digging into a five-course meal. While the BJP built its civic poll campaign around the purported clips, claiming that the Jailed minister was receiving privileged treatment behind bars at Tihar jail, the AAP denied the charge saying that Jain was only being administered physiotherapy on medical advice.
Over 1.45 crore people are eligible to cast their votes in the civic polls, the state poll panel had informed earlier, adding that a total of 1,349 candidates, across parties, are in the fray this year.
The State Election Commission had further informed that it had set up 13,638 polling booths for the civic polls, adding that a large workforce of election officials and security agencies had made immense efforts to make necessary poll preparations.
The counting of votes will be done on December 7.