Maximum 52.03 percent polling in ward No.7, Qatargam-Wedrod, while lowest 34.66 per cent polling in ward No.21 Soniflia, Nanpura-Athava-Peepload
face. Voting was held on Sunday for the election of Surat Metropolitan Municipality. With the end of polling time at 6 pm, the future of 484 candidates who entered the electoral fray were captured in EVMs. In Surat, there was only 43.18 per cent voting with polling in a cloudless environment. The results will be announced on 23 February.
3185 polling booths were set up in the city on behalf of the administration. The total number of registered voters was 32.88 lakh. A total of 484 voters, including the major political parties BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party and other political parties and inveterate candidates, had entered the electoral fray. Polling started in the polling stations from seven in the morning and lasted till six in the evening. The voting process was completed in a peaceful atmosphere. Apart from minor disputes, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. According to the Election Commission, 43.18 percent of the voters in Surat voted till 6 pm.
This is how the voting progressed
Voters started arriving at polling stations with polling commencing at seven in the morning. The first two hours saw 9 percent turnout. After this, 20 percent till 12 noon. Usually after twelve o’clock in the afternoon, a large number of women voters used to go out to vote, but this time it did not appear. The percentage figure rose to 33 per cent with only 11 per cent voting increasing from 1 to 3 pm. Polls picked up in the last three hours and 43.18 per cent polling was reported by 6 pm.
Highest polling in Ward No.7 and lowest in Ward No.21
Maximum 52.03 percent polling was held in Ward No. 7, Qatargam-Wedrod, while the lowest 34.66 percent polling was held in Ward No. 21 Sonifaliya-Nanpura-Athwa-Peepload. The voting percentage in just two wards crossed the 50 mark. Most of the wards had voting percentage between 40 and 48 percent.
Strict adherence to the COVID guide line
During the polling process, the COVID guide line was strictly followed at the polling stations. Voters were allowed to enter the booth only after thermal screening and hand sanitizing. Also, they were given disposable hand gloves for voting.