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Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (PTI) In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 42.21 percent polling was recorded for the elections of six municipal corporations in Gujarat on Sunday amid tight security. Officials gave this information. Voting began at seven in the morning in 144 wards of the six municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar, which continued till six in the evening. A queue of voters also appeared at the booths in the morning. However, there was a slow turnout later. According to the updated data on the State Election Commission website after the voting is over, in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (PTI) In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 42.21 percent polling was recorded for the elections of six municipal corporations in Gujarat on Sunday amid tight security. Officials gave this information. Voting began at seven in the morning in 144 wards of the six municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar, which continued till six in the evening. A queue of voters also appeared at the booths in the morning. However, there was a slow turnout later. According to the updated data on the State Election Commission website after the completion of polling, Ahmedabad recorded the lowest turnout of 38.73 per cent while Jamnagar recorded the highest number of 49.86 per cent. Similarly, 47.27 percent voters in Rajkot, 43.66 percent in Bhavnagar, 43.52 percent in Surat and 43.47 percent voters in Vadodara exercised their franchise. After the voting, State Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad said in a video message that the elections were conducted in a peaceful manner. He said that no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere. The main contest in these elections is between the BJP and the main opposition Congress. The BJP has ruled these six municipal corporations for the last several terms. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed that it will be an effective alternative to the BJP and the Congress, while Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is contesting the local body elections for the first time. Officials said around 32,000 policemen were deployed to vote in 575 seats. There are four councilors in each ward. A total of 2,276 candidates are contesting in six municipal corporations. Apart from this, nine candidates are also in the fray for the by-elections in two seats in Junagadh Municipal Corporation. Those contesting elections include 577 from BJP, 566 from Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties and 228 independents. According to the State Election Commission, there are a total of 1.14 crore voters, including 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women. The counting of votes will take place on 23 February.

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