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Gujarat local body election 2021 Updates: 53.65% voter turnout in municipal, 58.93% in district and 59.01% in taluka panchayat polls

Gujarat local body election 2021 LIVE updates: The counting of votes will be held on 2 March, the State Election Commission has said

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Gujarat local body election 2021 Updates: 53.65% voter turnout in municipal, 58.93% in district and 59.01% in taluka panchayat polls

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Voter turnout till 4.30 pm

According to Times of India Ahmedabad, voter turnout till 4.30 pm is as follows:

Municipalities: 43.7 percent
District Panchayats: 49.5 percent
Taluka Panchayats: 51.5 percent

16:37 (ist)

Voter turnout till 4 pm in municipal polls is 43.56%

The average voter turnout till 4 pm as per BBC Gujarati, citing the State Election Commissions data is:

  • 43.56 percent turnout in municipal elections
  • 48.88 percent turnout in district panchayat elections
  • 51.08 percent turnout in taluka panchayats


The average turnout in municipal-panchayat elections in the state is 47.84.

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Feb 28, 2021 - 18:51 (IST)

Overall voter turnout in polls

According to DD News Gujarati, the voter turnout till 6 pm is as follows:

Municipalities: 53.65 percent
District Panchayats: 58.93 percent
Taluka Panchayats: 59.01 percent

Polling was held only till 6 pm.

Feb 28, 2021 - 17:49 (IST)

Village boycotts polls in Bodeli, say reports

As per News18, out of a total of 725 voters in the Bodeli taluka's Targol village, only 1 voted. Locals boycotted the polls due to lack of roads in the village.

Feb 28, 2021 - 17:21 (IST)

Voter turnout till 5 pm

According to DD News Gujarati voter turnout till 5 pm is as follows:

Municipalities: 46.98 percent
District Panchayats: 50.94 percent
Taluka Panchayats: 53.37 percent

Feb 28, 2021 - 17:04 (IST)

Voter turnout till 4.30 pm

According to Times of India Ahmedabad, voter turnout till 4.30 pm is as follows:

Municipalities: 43.7 percent
District Panchayats: 49.5 percent
Taluka Panchayats: 51.5 percent

Feb 28, 2021 - 16:37 (IST)

Voter turnout till 4 pm in municipal polls is 43.56%

The average voter turnout till 4 pm as per BBC Gujarati, citing the State Election Commissions data is:

  • 43.56 percent turnout in municipal elections
  • 48.88 percent turnout in district panchayat elections
  • 51.08 percent turnout in taluka panchayats


The average turnout in municipal-panchayat elections in the state is 47.84.

Feb 28, 2021 - 16:18 (IST)

Miscreants damage EVMs in Dahod: News18

 
News18 reported that some miscreants damaged EVMs during the Gujarat local body elections on Sunday. The incident occurred in Ghodia main primary school of Zhalod taluka. A police convoy including Dahod District Police Chief, Range IG, rushed to the spot and took control of the situation, as per News18. 

Feb 28, 2021 - 16:14 (IST)

Miscreants damage EVMs in Dahod: Report

Feb 28, 2021 - 16:11 (IST)

Ishwarsinh Patel appeals for mass participation in polls

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Minister of State Ishwarsinh Patel appealed to all citizens to "vote in large numbers with maximum enthusiasm" in the Gujarat local body polls.

Feb 28, 2021 - 15:43 (IST)

Voter turnout till 3.30 pm

According to Times of India Ahmedabad, voter turnout till 3.30 pm is as follows:

Municipalities: 39.95 percent
District Panchayats: 40.38 percent
Taluka Panchayats: 42.93 percent

Feb 28, 2021 - 14:56 (IST)

34% polling till 2.15 pm, says report

The average turnout in municipal and panchayat elections in the state till 2.15 pm is 34 percent, reports BBC Gujarati citing the State Elecion Commissions data. The average turnout in the district panchayat elections was 34.8 percent, 36.05 percent in the Taluka Panchayat elections and 31.18 percent in the municipalities. Polling is underway for 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in the state. 

Gujarat local body election 2021 Latest updates: As per News18, out of a total of 725 voters in the Bodeli taluka's Targol village, only 1 voted. Locals boycotted the polls due to lack of roads in the village.

As per DD News Gujarati, the average turnout in municipal elections is 46.98 percent, 50.94 percent turnout in district panchayat elections, 53.37 percent turnout in taluka panchayats

District panchayats which went to the polls on Sunday saw a turnout of 40.38 percent till 3.30 pm while taluka panchayats reported 42.93 percent turnout, said reports.  Municipalities saw 39.95 percent turnout.

Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel cast his vote from the Kadi municipality in Mehsana district.

Various political leaders cast their votes in the local body elections underway in Gujarat. Congress' Arjun Modhwadia took to Twitter to say that he had exercised his franchise in Porbandar. Working president of the Gujarat Congress Hardik Patel too cast his vote in Ahmedabad's Viramgam.

According to reports, Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani arrived to cast his vote on a cycle, carrying a gas cylinder and a sack of compost to register his protest against price rise.

In the first two hours of polling, seven percent turnout was recorded in the taluka panchayats, with Anand having the highest turnout at 8.9 percent and Porbandar the lowest at 6.7 percent, reports News18 Gujarati.

 A scuffle broke out between Congress supporters and police at Akhdol in Nadiad taluka of Kheda district, reports News18 Gujarati. Congress supporters took to the roads, chanting slogans against the police.

Polling for 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in Gujarat will take place on Sunday between 7 am to 6 pm, as per reports. The counting of votes will be held on 2 March, the State Election Commission has said.

The SEC officials said voting for 8,473 seats, comprising 2,720 in 680 wards in municipalities, 980 in district panchayats and 4,773 in taluka panchayats, will take place across 36,008 booths.

Some 3.04 crore people in the state are eligible to vote for these polls, and over 44,000 police personnel, including state reserve police units, 12, CAPF companies and 54,000 home guards, will be in place to ensure incident-free voting, they added.

While the BJP has been the dominant force in the state for several years now, Congress believes the fuel price hikes and disenchantment of the people with the ruling party will help it make a comeback.

The Aam Aadmi Party, with 2,097 contestants, and Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), which has fielded candidates in minority-dominated seats in Godhra, Modasa and Bharuch municipalities, will look to challenge the state's two main parties.

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