Haryana Municipal Elections Record Over 70% Turnout
More than 70% of voters exercised their right to vote in elections in 888 wards from 46 municipal bodies – 28 committees and 18 councils – across Haryana on Sunday. The counting of votes will take place on June 22.
Bawal Municipal Committee in Rewari recorded the highest voter turnout at 84.6%, while Bahadurgarh Municipal Council in Jhajjar District recorded the lowest voter turnout at 59%. More than 18 lakh voters were eligible to vote in the elections.
About 10,000 election staff, including scrutineers, deputy scrutineers, returning officers, scrutineers and other staff, were deployed for the elections.
Dhanpat Singh, state election commissioner, said The Hindu that the elections to municipal bodies remained peaceful and that no disruptions were reported due to the ongoing protests against the Agnipath programme. Singh said election times were extended by an hour to 6 p.m. due to prevailing heatwave conditions, but the weather remained pleasant.
The election of seats for the presidents of municipal bodies also took place directly for the first time, with voters voting for the ward member as well as the president.
Previously, these seats were filled among elected members of municipal bodies.
With the Congress having withdrawn from the elections, the Aam Aadmi party, which is running for the first time in the municipal elections in the state, is in direct competition with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Jannayak Janta Party coalition in the majority of the organs. municipal. Unable to record a single election victory in the state despite previously contesting Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Haryana, the AAP is riding the wave of a recent election victory in Assembly in neighboring Punjab, hopes to open its account in the state in these polls.
Shortly after the poll was announced, the state unit of the BJP unilaterally decided to stand alone in the election, leaving the JJP, the government’s junior partner, in the lurch. However, the two sides eventually joined to forge an alliance following the intervention of the central BJP leadership.
As the BJP-JJP coalition sought votes for state government performance and argued that a “three-engine government” – the same party government at the central, state and municipal levels – would ensure better coordination and development, the AAP promised to free municipalities from corruption and implement the “Kejriwal model” in the state.