Voters from Marathi dominated areas came out in large numbers
Geetanjali Minhas | February 22, 2017 | Mumbai
Mumbai recorded its highest ever turnout in the civic elections on Tuesday with 55.28% voters exercising their franchise.
Voter turnout in R Central ward of Charkop-Borivali was 61.5% followed by 60% in R North ward of Dahisar-Magathane and 60.5% in T and S wards of Mulund and Bhandup. Borivali and Mulund consist of cosmopolitan Gujarati speaking voters.
Marathi dominated localities of central Mumbai and suburbs like Dadar, Prabhadevi and Parel had a turnout of 55%. An even higher voter turnout was seen in Magathane and Dahisar.
So far Mumbai city has had an average voter turnout of 44% in BMC polls with highest recorded at 49% in 1992. All ten municipal corporations in Maharashtra’s urban areas that went to polls yesterday recorded a higher turnout at 56.77% excluding Mumbai. Mumbai had 2,275 candidates in fray while 6,933 fought in Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Aakola, Amravati and Nagpur corporations.
Low turnout was recoded in H-West ward in Bandra west with 53%, K-West with Andheri West, Lokhandwala and Juhu at 47.39% and C and D wards of Bhuleshwar, Kalbadevi, Malabar Hill, Walkeshwar with 47.25% voter turnout. However as per initial reports, 10.5 lakh voters could not cast their votes as they could not find their names on electoral charts.
Thane (58%), Pune (54%), Solapur (60%) and Nashik (60%) had higher voter turnout as compared to previous elections. Low voting was recoded in Akola (56%), Amravati (55%), Nagpur (53%) and Ulhasnagar (45%).
In the 11 Zilla Parishads and 118 Panchayat Samitis, the average voter turnout was 69.43%. Raigarh had turnout at 71%, followed by Sidhudurgh (70%), Nashik (68%), Pune (70%), Satara (70%), Sangli (65%), Solapur (68%), Kohlapur (70%), and Gadchiroli (68%).
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