Even a Sunday off failed to get Delhiites to the polling stations to vote for the civic elections for the three municipal corporations. The outcome of this election is being billed to have a much wider impact on city’s politics than being restricted to which party captures power at the Civic Centre.
Voting for 270 seats across the North, South and East municipal corporations came to an end at 5.30 pm. While the final figures of the voter turnout will be available later in the evening, data shared by the State Election Commission from 252 wards claimed 44.48% turnout till 4 pm. Votes will be counted on April 26.
An exit poll by Aaj Tak and India Today TV called the election for BJP. The India Today exit poll predicted about 80 seats for BJP in North and South corporations and 50 seats in East corporation. AAP is predicted to be far behind in the second place in all three corporations, according to the poll, just ahead of the Congress.
Exit poll by ABP News predicted a huge win for BJP in all the three municipal corporations with AAP a distant second. They give the BJP 88 out of 104 seats in North, 83 out of 104 in South and 47 out of 64 in East. In the overall tally, the ABP News poll gave BJP 218 seats out of 272 seats, AAP 24 and Congress 22.
Even as fewer than expected people came out to exercise their franchise, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was among one of the early voters, questioned the State Election Commission over its preparedness for the polls.
“Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people wid voter slips not allowed to vote. What is SEC doing? (sic)” Kejriwal tweeted.
The poll panel, however, clarified that only three such complaints were received and all faulty EVMs were immediately replaced.