Dehradun: Counting of votes for the Uttarakhand urban local body elections is currently underway which will decide the fate of 4,978 candidates. Counting of ballot votes has delayed the results which are expected to be clear by late evening. The polling was held on Sunday which saw over 60 per cent voter turnout. Also Read - Uttarakhand Civic Poll Results 2018: BJP Bags 3 Mayoral Seats, Congress Fails to Turn Tide; Independents Outshine Mainstream Parties
As per early trends, the Independent candidates are outshining the BJP and Congress candidates. Results declared on 226 out of 1064 wards so far show that Independent candidates have won on 175 wards, BJP on 38 and the Congress on just 13 wards. Also Read - Uttarakhand Civic Polls 2018: Watch Urban Local Body Election Results LIVE on Zee Uttarakhand Here
According to the state election commission office, the polling passed off peacefully in all 84 urban bodies, including seven municipal corporations, 39 municipal councils and 38 nagar panchayats. Also Read - Uttarakhand Civic Polls: BJP MLA Distributes Money During Chhath, Violates Model Code of Conduct
However, repolling was held at ward no 106, 107 and 108 of Udhampur Singh Nagar district on Monday as polling had to be stopped due to technical snag.
There are 23.53 lakh voters in the state out of which 12.20 lakh are male and 11.33 lakh female.
The civic body polls are a high-stake battle for the ruling BJP which is looking to match its own impressive performance in assembly polls last year where it won 57 out of 70 seats.
It is significant for the Congress too which is struggling to stage a comeback.
The BJP has alleged irregularities in the voters’ list and demanded a high-level probe and asked the state election commission to punish officials responsible.
“We demand a high level probe into the irregularities in the voters’ list,” Pradesh BJP president Ajay Bhatt said in a statement, adding that officials and employees responsible should be identified and punished.
Alleging that names of a large number of eligible voters, including BJP supporters, were missing from the list, Bhatt said the matter was serious and called for a high level probe.
Drawing the attention of the state election commissioner to the alleged irregularities, the BJP leader said many people could not exercise their right to vote.
In some instances, names were wrongly printed in the list, while in others, names of ineligible voters figured, Bhatt said.