Shimla, June 16, 2017: The Shimla Municipal Corporation elections registered an over 30 per cent voter turnout in its 34 seats that went to the polls on Friday.
The elections in all constituencies are going on smoothly. The poll percentage was over 30 per cent by 1 p.m.,” an electoral officer told media.
Voting began on a dull note, with below five per cent polling in the first hour and by 10 a.m. rose to 15 per cent. It picked up gradually as the day progressed.
Long queues of electors were seen across polling centres. At some of booths, voters started reaching even before voting began at 8 a.m.
The voting process will continue between 8 am and 4 pm. For safety at all 153 voting booths as many as 700 civil officials, 450 police officials, HRTC and other departments officials will be deployed on duty.
Unlike earlier elections, when residents elected the mayor and his deputy, this time voters will only elect councillors. The party with the maximum councillors will have internal polling for mayor and deputy mayor.
The main contest is between Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but the candidates are not contesting on party symbol.
Over 91,000 voters will cast their votes to elect 34 councillors.
The BJP has supported 34 candidates, while the Congress 27 and the CPI-M 21 candidates. The Communists are supporting six independents.
The ballots will be counted on Saturday.
The CPI-M, which came to power in 2012, ruled the civic body with just three councillors in the 25-member House. The majority of the councillors were from the Congress.