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Guwahati Municipal Corporation Polls 2022: 12% polling recorded in initial hours of voting

In this election, a total of 757 polling stations have been set up out of which 80 polling stations will be conducted exclusively by women polling officials.

Sheenu Sharma Edited by: Sheenu Sharma @20Sheenu Guwahati Updated on: April 22, 2022 12:04 IST
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Guwahati Municipal Corporation Polls 2022: 12% polling recorded in initial hours of voting.

 

Highlights

  • The voting in the municipal corporation polls in Guwahati is currently underway
  • Elections are being held after a gap of 9 years with EVMs being used for all 60 wards
  • The candidates in three wards have already been elected uncontested

Guwahati Municipal Corporation polls:  The voting in the municipal corporation polls in Guwahati began on Friday (April 22) at 7:30 am across the city amid tight police security and arrangements including ramps to ensure hassle-free experience to the differently- abled.

In the initial hours of voting around 12% polling recorded in Guwahati city till 10:00 am, informed Assam State Election Commission. 

The elections are being held after a gap of nine years with EVMs being used for all 60 wards under GMC for the first time.

The candidates in three wards have already been elected uncontested. The voting will continue till 4.30 pm today.

In this election, a total of 757 polling stations have been set up out of which 80 polling stations will be conducted exclusively by women polling officials.

For the first time, EVMs will be used in GMC Election. In this election, a total of 7,97,807 voters will exercise their franchise out of which 3,97,128 numbers of voters are male, 4,00,658 numbers are female and 26 numbers voters belong to the third gender.

Meanwhile, the political parties have gone all out to woo the voters, promising a flood-free and crime-free city with piped water to all households and all other basic civic amenities.

Altogether 197 candidates are in fray in 57 wards, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in three wards have already been elected uncontested.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma led the BJP's election campaign, addressing multiple rallies across the city, while the saffron party's coalition partner at Dispur, Asom Gana Parishad's (AGP), campaign was helmed by Agriculture Minister and party president Atul Bora.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupen Borah led the state's main Opposition party on its campaign trail.

The other parties were also not to be left behind with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) bringing in its Delhi MLA Atishi Marlena to woo voters, while Assam Jatiya Parishad had its chief Lurinjyoti Gogoi leading the campaign.

Besides door-to-door canvassing and rallies, the parties took out car and bike rallies through the streets of the city with the campaign reaching its crescendo on Wednesday, when the campaign ended.

The ruling BJP, which is contesting in 53 wards, has announced a slew of initiatives for improving infrastructure in the city if voted to power in the civic polls.

In its 'Sankalpa Patra' (election manifesto) which was released by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the saffron party has assured of round-the-clock piped water to all households.

It has vowed to make the city free of water logging problems by undertaking different initiatives, including de-siltation of drains and river channels using modern technology.

Making the city crime-free, providing land rights to city residents, introduction of integrated traffic management system and scientific waste management are among assurances made by the BJP.

The BJP had left seven wards for its ally AGP to field candidates from.

The Congress, which is in fray in 54 wards, in its manifesto, has promised drinking water to all households within 100 days, setting up of 100 vending zones for small businesses within 30 days, installing functional street lights and making the city flood and pollution-free.

The notification for elections to the 60 wards of GMC was issued on March 23 and the model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect.

A total electorate of 7,96,829, comprising 3,96,891 males, 3,99,911 females and 27 of the third gender, will be eligible to exercise their franchise in 789 polling stations spread across the 60 wards.

The counting of votes will be held on April 24 at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre and the result will be declared on the same day.

(With agencies inputs) 

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