53 per cent turnout in Delhi municipal polls

While People in the national capital on Sunday are voting across 272 wards to elect the new civic body, the high stake municipal election is witnessing a three way fight between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress.

Almost 54% of all eligible voters turned out to vote in the elections to the three municipal corporations in Delhi on Sunday, in a poll that was keenly watched and contested.

As the polling progressed, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that reports of EVM malfunctioning came from all over the Capital.

According to Hindustan Times, an exit poll by India Today gives about 80 seats each to the party in north and south corporations and 50 in the east corporation.

An SEC official said the voters' list is upgraded regularly and voters are provided the opportunity to rectify any error in it, failing which problems are encountered in casting votes.

Around 46 per cent turnout was recorded till 4 PM, with north Delhi leading the tally.

A total of 58.58 per cent votes were polled in the elections to 270 wards of the three municipal corporations (MCDs) yesterday.

The civic polls came after AAP's plan to expand its base beyond Delhi in the recent assembly elections failed.

Voting for three municipal corporations of Delhi ended with a turnout of around 54 per cent. "Now he can't vote because some machine is kaput".

Voters began trooping into the 13,022 polling centres right from the time balloting opened at 8 a.m., the crowds turning into long queues in many places as the hours rolled by. "It shows our EVMs are unhackable, robust and no wrong can be done", Srivastava said. State Election Commission (SEC) Delhi has set up 35 centres for counting of the votes.

The VVPAT-equipped EVMs dispense a paper slip which helps a voter confirm that his vote has indeed gone to the candidate of his choice.

The elections will be held after the latest delimitation exercise that has restructured the civic wards.

She asserted that the Congress is gaining ground in the MCD polls, citing large number of voters reaching the polling station when she went to cast her vote.

Meanwhile, voting on two seats - Maujpur in East MCD and Sarai Pipal Thala in North MCD - could not be held on Sunday due to death of a candidate in both wards.

If the AAP won the municipal polls, "we will start cleaning up Delhi on a war footing and we will make the city sparkle in just one year", he said.