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MCD poll results: Counting of votes for 250 wards begins

Post by ANI on Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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The counting of votes for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections began on Wednesday as the ruling BJP hopes to retain its 15-year-long rule in the national capital's civic body while the Aam Aadmi Party looks to make its own 'double-engine' government in the city.

The high-decibel battle which was fought in the election campaign ahead of the polling on December 4, witnessed the claims and counter-claims by both parties (BJP, AAP) of winning the elections, however, it all boils down to December 7 when the outcome of the election would be revealed. The counting of votes on the 250 wards began at 8 am. The first trends will be expected within an hour as the final results are expected by noon. Delhi Police has ensured heightened security for the smooth counting of votes.

The polls for 250 wards in the national capital were held on December 4 with about 50 per cent voter turnout and a total of 1,349 candidates were in the fray. However, the low voter turnout may not be an indicator of pro-incumbency with the exit polls predicting the AAP win in the MCD polls.

Congress, which is mostly focussing on the success of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, was not predicted (in the exit polls) to be a prominent challenger in the recently conducted polling. The party is predicted to get only a handful of seats.

However, the high-stakes civic polls are largely seen as a three-way contest between the BJP, the AAP and the Congress.

For the counting, the Commission has set up 42 counting centres across the city. 68 Election Observers have already been deployed by the Commission under whose supervision the counting of votes shall be carried out by the Returning Officers in the presence of candidates or their representatives.(ANI)

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