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BJP files complaint against Sisodia for violating poll code

Delhi municipal elections BJP workers during a bike rally on the last day of campaigning for the MCD elections in east Delhi on Friday
Cris De Lacerda | 24 Abril, 2017, 07:12

The exit polls predicted a jump in the vote share of the Congress but a steep decline in vote percentage polled by the AAP, which had won 67 of the 70 Assembly seats in 2015.

Like other recent elections, the BJP has handled the Delhi civic body polls with political precision, and is looking to return to power for a third consecutive term.

While the India Today-Axis poll gave the BJP between 202 and 220 seats of the 272 up for grabs, the ABP News-CVoter poll gave it 218 seats.

The AAP today appeared to press the panic button at the end of polling to Delhi's municipal corporations with the party sniping at the state election commission over "faulty EVMs" and resultant "waste" of time.

Congress, desperate to regain some lost ground, said the matter should be probed by the Election Commission and ensure that people do not have any doubt over the country's democratic process.

Baijal exercised his franchise at a polling station in Greater Kailash area while Kejriwal cast his vote in Civil Lines.

A 31.13 percent voter turnout was recorded till 2.p.m. for the Delhi MCD polls. While the BJP is attempting to fight off 10-year-old anti-incumbency in Delhi's civic bodies, the Congress is battling an exodus of top state leaders on heels of the polls.

Polling in two wards - Maujpur in East Delhi and Sarai Pipal Thala in North Delhi - has been postponed due to the deaths of a Samajwadi Party candidate each. "There has been a delay on the part of the officials concerned in sending poll percentage data to a control room which has been set up at the SEC headquarters. It has been chose to issue memos to those responsible for it", said an official. Men and women stood in long queues braving the scorching sun to cast vote at polling stations.

Such complaints were received from various wards across the city. Counting of votes will be held on April 26.

The Aam Aadmi Party had even moved the Delhi High Court to ask for paper ballots to be used instead of EVMs for the municipal polls. Voting was the slowest in East Delhi as compared to North and South Delhi.

While polling was under way, Mr. Kejriwal tweeted: "Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people wid voter slips not allowed to vote".