Chandigarh: The counting of votes for the municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi in Fatehabad and Pundri in Kaithal of Haryana – where polling took place on December 16 – bagan at 8 am today. Also Read - Parliament LIVE: Rajya Sabha Chairman Likely to Take Action Against MPs Who Created Ruckus, Tore Papers
A massive 89.5 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Jakhal Mandi while 82 per cent was recorded in Pundri. Also Read - Farm Bills to be Tabled in Rajya Sabha Today; Oppn Puts United Front, BJP Seeks Support From Regional Parties | Top Points
Of 14,01,454 electorate eligible to cast their votes using EVMs, 7,44,468 were men and 6,56,986 women. Polling was held for 136 wards for the seats of mayor and members of municipal corporations and municipal committees. Also Read - Chidambaram Says Farm Bills 2020 Undermine Food Security System, Slams BJP For ‘Maligning’ Cong's 2019 Manifesto
Out of the total 136 wards, 14 are reserved for scheduled caste, 12 are reserved for scheduled caste women, 14 for backward class and 37 for women.
The municipal elections are seen as litmus test for the political parties to gauge the voters’ mood ahead of Lok Sabha and assembly polls scheduled to be held next year in Haryana.
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While the BJP, which has completed its four years tenure in Haryana, is contesting on its symbol for the post of mayor and members in municipal committees, the Indian National Lok Dal will contest mayoral elections on its symbol.
The Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have announced not to contest MC polls on their symbol. However, they are offering support to the Independent candidates in fray.
In a significant move, the Haryana Election Commission has decided to treat ‘none-of-the-above’ or NOTA option as a fictional candidate in upcoming municipal polls, making it must for winning candidates to secure more votes than those cast for NOTA.
NOTA will be treated as a fictional electoral candidate. If in the election, all the contesting candidates individually receive less votes than those cast for the fictional candidate, NOTA, none of the candidates will be declared elected. The polls will be cancelled and held afresh,” Haryana Election Commissioner Dalip Singh said on November 22.