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MCD polls: Stage set for counting of votes, verdict out tomorrow

The stage is set for counting of votes in the high-stakes Delhi municipal polls.

India TV Politics Desk India TV Politics Desk New Delhi Published on: April 25, 2017 22:05 IST
counting of votes for MCD polls to take place on Wednesday
Image Source : PTI counting of votes for MCD polls to take place on Wednesday

The stage is set for counting of votes in the high-stakes Delhi municipal polls, verdict of which will have political ramifications beyond the national capital's borders. 

The polls were held on April 23 which saw a voter turnout of 53.58 per cent, a notch higher than in the 2012 elections. 

"We are all working as per the schedule. All the EVMs have been deposited with due seal and counting will begin at 8 AM. There are 35 counting centres and we are all geared up," Delhi State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava said. 

The three main players -- the AAP, the BJP and the Congress -- had campaigned intensely ahead of the polls and all of them are expecting a favourable mandate, even as an exit poll has predicted a "landslide victory" for the saffron party. 

As per the records of the Delhi poll commission, the polling percentage in 2012 was 53.43 per cent, which was the highest in 15 years.

The 2012 civic polls was also the first election after the trifurcation of the MCD into the NDMC, the SDMC and the EDMC, the same year. 

Over 1.32 crore electorate were eligible to vote in the polls on April 23. 

As many as 71,39,994 votes were polled with South Delhi polling maximum 26,87,685 votes, followed by North Delhi at 26,80,011.

East Delhi polled 17,72,298 votes. 

While the male vote share stood at 54.04 per cent, the figure for women was pegged at 53.02. 93 votes were polled by people belonging to the other category. 

North Delhi Municipal Corporation's Bakhtawarpur ward recorded the highest voter turnout at over 68 per cent, while south Delhi's Lado Sarai registered the least turnout at 39 per cent.