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BMC elections LIVE: BJP, Shiv Sena candidates to test their luck in civic body

Mumbai: Elections for 227 municipal wards in which 2275 candidates are in the fray to take place on Tuesday in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

As Mumbai is known for the voter apathy, the BMC on Monday appealed to the voters to come out in large numbers and cast vote.

Here are live updates of BMC polls 2017:

Image: BMC/Courtesy-Wikipedia

Image: BMC/Courtesy-Wikipedia

  • Voting in elections to BMC & 9 other civic bodies, in multiple cities of Maharashtra starts.
  • Nagpur: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote at a polling booth in Bharat Mahila Vidyalaya

“We are ready to help you exercise your franchise. Please take part in this democratic process tomorrow from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm and cast your vote,” the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said in a statement.

He said the civic body was fully prepared to hold the election across 227 electoral wards through 7304 polling booths at 1582 places.

Out of 91,80,491 registered voters, 50,30,361 are male, 49,49,749 female and 381 transgenders.
A senior official overseeing the poll preparations said, “All preparatory work to conduct free and fair is
completed. We have gone extra mile to ensure smooth voting and good turnout. We are spending almost Rs 95 crore for over 91 lakh voters, which roughly goes over Rs 100 per voter.”

He said the civic body had appealed to Mumbaikars to shed apathy and “get rid of the record of staging poor turnout in elections.”

BMC: Counting of votes to take place on Thursday

Counting of the votes would take place on Thursday. The voting percentage in the BMC polls held in 2007 and 2012 stood at 42% and 45% respectively.

(With inputs from agencies)

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