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Vijayapura: VCC election records only 55.17% voting

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Vijayapupra: The City Corporation election which was held on Friday October 28 recorded 55.17 per cent voting for the 35 wards of the City.

Of the total 2,87,927 voters, some 1,58,857 voters exercised their franchise to elect 35 corporators of the 174 candidates who were in the fray. Though the City had around 100 voters in the ‘others’ category, none of the people voted in that category and only men and women voters turned up at polling booths.

Of the 35 wards, while ward number 4 recorded the highest 77.92 per cent voting, interestingly the next ward i.e ward 5 recorded the lowest polling percentage of 44.56.

The Administration had set up 303 polling booths in the city for the voters.

Now, with the polling over and the total poll percentage out, the calculation of the possible winners and losers has started among the voters.

Since some parties such as AAP were contesting in the polls for the first time, people are also eager to know how much the party has made a mark in the polling.

It will certainly be a boost for the parties such as AAP and AIMIM if they are able to win at least one seat as these parties have no elected representative in the local body.

AIMIM however has two members elected in the last Town Municipal election of Kolhar Taluk of the district.

AIMIM has fielded only four candidates. The party is hoping to win at least one seat mainly after the arrival of the party Chief Asaduddin Owaisi for a campaign where he made an intense speech.

Both National parties, the BJP and the Congress are claiming to form a majority in the City Corporation. Other parties including the JD (S) failed to get candidates for all 35 wards therefore, it is not making any such claim.

Of the total 35 wards, Congress has fielded 35 candidates, BJP has fielded 33 candidates, JD (S) 20, AAP 15, AIMIM 4, KRS and Janata Party 3 each, SDPI, 2, BSP 1 and some 58 independent candidates were in the fray.

With the election over, now all the eyes are on counting which is going to be held on Monday October 31 at Darbar High School.

In the last CMC elections held nine years ago, no party could gain a majority, therefore Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected by forming a coalition. It would be interesting to see whether this time too, there will be a fractured mandate or one party will gain a majority.

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Firoz Rozindar

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