MCD election 2017: Voting concludes, 53.58 per cent overall turnout

An average of 53.58 per cent voting was recorded on Sunday in the elections to the three municipal corporations of Delhi.

In the election to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 56.08 per cent voting was recorded. For the North and South Delhi corporations, the numbers were 54.08 per cent and 51.59 per cent, respectively.

The crucial election for the BJP, the Congress and the AAP saw low voting in many areas.

Polling was held in 270 wards of the three municipal corporations and north Delhi lead the tally.

Final voting numbers


According to the EC, the elections were largely peaceful with voters and political parties reporting numerous cases of malfunctioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

While the voting was on, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said reports of EVM malfunctioning came from all over the capital. By 3 pm, the AAP War Room reported 250 calls from voters complaining about non-functional EVMs. The complaints came from several areas including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's constituency Patparganj.

Voting was postponed in two wards - Maujpur in East Delhi and Sarai Pipal Thala in North Delhi - where a candidate each of the Samajwadi Party died.Among others who contested the election are the Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal-United and Swaraj India of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan who were earlier Kejriwal's colleagues in the AAP.

The three civic bodies cover 68 of the 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi. The two smaller civic bodies are the Delhi Cantonment Board as well as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

A total of 2,537 candidates were in the fray. For the first time, the None Of The Above (NOTA) option was made available in the MCD polls.

A total of 1,32,10,206 voters, including over 1.1 lakh first-time voters, were eligible to exercise their franchise to elect the councillors for the 270 wards under the three civic bodies - North Delhi Municipal Corporation (103 wards), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (63).

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