Voting for MCD elections came to an end today at 5:30 PM. The response from voters was much less than expected. By 2 PM, the voter turnout was a meager 35%. Reports are still to come in about the final voter turnout, but officials said that it would be somewhere around 55%, which is also not a good percentage. Election officials said that many people may have avoided voting in the polls since it was a Sunday. Many people only get a day off on Sunday, so they may have other important tasks to attend to.
Exit polls indicate that BJP is likely to emerge a winner in all three municipal corporations in Delhi. BJP has been winning the MCD poll since the last two terms and this is the third time, it is expected to win the MCD polls. The total eligible voters in Delhi is more than 1.32 crore and the total councilor seats for the three corporations, North, East and South, is 272. A total of 2,537 candidates participated in the MCD polls held today.
The MCD polls were largely peaceful, as security was tightened across the capital. However, faulty EVMs in some wards created problems for voters. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was greatly miffed over the issue of faulty EVMs and he protested against it on social media. Some names were also missing from voter list, which forced some people to go back home without casting their votes.