Delhi civic polls: Only 1.16% voting till 10:30 am

Two exit polls on Sunday predicted crushing victories for the BJP in all three municipal corporations in Delhi and a complete rout for AAP and Congress.

Over 1.32 crore eligible voters are likely to exercise their franchise at 13,022 polling booths across the city.

The India Today poll forecast that the BJP would win 78-84 seats in the 104-member North corporation, 79-85 in the 104-member South and 45-51 of the East's 64.

An SEC official said the voters' list is upgraded regularly and voters are provided the opportunity to rectify any error in it, failing which problems are encountered in casting votes.

State election commissioner SK Srivastava, however, dismissed such claims and said the performance spoke for the reliability of the machines.

A total of 2,537 candidates were in the fray. "Now people have to decide whether they want "Tu-Tu Mai-Mai" of BJP and AAP or good governance by Congress", he said.

A total of 270 municipal wards had gone to the polls.

Among other leaders who have cast their vote are deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, Congress leaders Ajay Maken and BJP leader Dr Harshvardhan.

It can be noted that it is first time in the MCD elections the None Of The Above (NOTA) option has been made available and the elections is being held after the latest delimitation exercise that restructured the civic wards.

Kejriwal appealed the people to come out in large numbers and vote for a "Dengue and Chikungunya free" Delhi.

The MCD has been ruled by the BJP for the last 10 years.

The national capital recently saw fierce campaign by the Congress, BJP, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Both Kejriwal and the BJP indulged in verbal duel.

The three civic bodies cover 68 of the 70 Assembly constituencies in Delhi.

"I certainly think, Congress is gaining ground", she told PTI.

However, the situation looks grim for the Congress party once again. Around 5,67,212 votes have been cast, according to numbers from the State Election Commission.11: 00 a.m.: The Delhi Police has deployed over 56,000 police personnel across the Capital to ensure that the civic elections are conducted smoothly.Security personnel on duty at Geeta Colony. This has created a lot of confusion.

  • Joanne Flowers