Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

At the counting centre at L D Engineering college in Ahmedabad
(Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 Live Updates: Counting of votes for 575 seats in six municipal corporations Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar of Gujarat began at 9 am under heavy security and strict COVID-19 protocols.
As per initial data, the BJP has made big gains in all six civic bodies. Arvind Kejriwals Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which is contesting the polls for the first time has hindered Congress’ growth in Rajkot. The BSP, meanwhile, has managed to open its account in Jamnagar.
The State Election Commission (SEC) has said an average 46.08 per cent turnout was registered during voting which was held between 7 am and 6 pm on Sunday. Ahmedabad recorded the lowest turnout of 42.51 per cent, while Jamnagar saw the highest turnout of 53.38 per cent, followed by 50.72 per cent in Rajkot, 49.46 per cent in Bhavnagar, 47.84 per cent in Vadodara and 47.14 per cent in Surat.
All these bodies are currently governed by the BJP. While the BJP has an upper hand in elections to urban local bodies, this time, several senior and multiple-term corporators were denied tickets, leading to disquiet in the party. With Assembly elections due next year, these elections will provide an indicator of the voters mood.
A woman leaves a voting centre in Naranpura, Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)
Voting for general elections to six municipal corporations in the state Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar saw a tardy pace and low turnout on Sunday.
As per the official website of the Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC), the six municipal corporations reported an average 43% voting. State Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad said that polling has finished peacefully without any major untoward incident.
Ahmedabad saw the lowest voters turnout at 39.54% while Jamnagar witnessed the highest turnout of 52.49%. Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Vadodara and Surat, Jamnagar registers highest turnout, Ahmedabad lowest witnessed 47.27%, 46.67%, 45.48% and 45.09% voting respectively.