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Ranchi, Apr 20: Counting of votes for Jharkhand Municipal Elections 2018 (Jharkhand Nagar Nikay Chunav 2018) is taking place on Friday. The counting of votes for 34 local bodies in Jharkhand began at 8 am on April 20 and the final results are set to be out by late afternoon. Voting took place for five Municipal Corporations (Nagar Nigam), 16 Municipal Councils (Nagar Parishad) and 13 Nagar Panchayats on Monday, April 16. Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are upbeat and are confident ahead of the counting day.

According to reports, while the BJP has prepared for a victory and have made arrangements for celebrations, the Congress is confident of getting more seats. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is also eyeing several seats. The Jharkhand civic polls 2018 are being seen as a curtain raiser for the Jharkhand Assembly Elections 2019 and say that the results will have an impact on them. The contest has become even more interesting with candidates for the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor fighting on the party symbol.

A total voter turnout of 65.15 per cent was recorded in the Jharkhand Civic Polls overall, Ranchi Municipal Corporation, which is the state’s largest urban local body, recorded the lowest turnout of 49.3 per cent. RMC election candidates had said that they will approach the State Election Commission with complaints of errors and names missing from voter lists on polling day.

The Nagar Nigams that went to polls were:

  • Modinagar Nagar Nigam
  • Hazaribagh Nagar Nigam
  • Giridih Nagar Nigam
  • Ranchi Nagar Nigam
  • Adityapur Nagar Nigam

The Nagar Parishads that went to polls were:

  • Garhwa Nagar Parishad, Garhwa District
  • Chatra Nagar Parishad, Chatra District
  • Madhupur Nagar Parishad, Deoghar District
  • Godda Nagar Parishad, Godda District
  • Sahibganj Nagar Parishad, Sahibganj District
  • Pakur Nagar Parishad, Pakur District
  • Dumka Nagar Parishad, Dumka District
  • Mihijam Nagar Parishad, Jamtara District
  • Chirkunda Nagar Parishad, Dhanbad District
  • Phusro Nagar Parishad, Bokaro District
  • Ramgarh Nagar Parishad, Ramgarh District
  • Lohardaga Nagar Parishad, Lohardaga District
  • Gumla Nagar Parishad, Gumla District
  • Simdega Nagar Parishad,  Simdega District
  • Chaibasa Nagar Parishad, Paschimi Singhbhum District
  • Kapali Nagar Parishad, Saraikela-Kharsawan district

Over 22 lakh voters were eligible to cast their votes for 34 urban local bodies in Jharkhand. Meanwhile, bypolls were also held at four local bodies – Jhumri Tilayya, Deoghar, Dhanbad and Bishrampur. According to Jharkhand State Election Commission, 278 candidates were in the fray for 34 Mayor and chairman seats,  320 for Deputy Mayor and Vice chairman, 122 for Mayoral and Presidential posts and 23 candidates for Deputy Mayor and Vice President posts.