The results of the elections for the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh are due to be announced on Monday December 27th. The stakes are high for Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP and the Akali Dal-BSP alliance ahead of the crucial Punjab Assembly polls due early next year.
The counting of the votes will begin at 9 a.m. and the results should be known in the afternoon.
The State Election Commission has designated nine counting centers: Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Front 1 to 4, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26 (Ward 5 to 8), Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 18 (ward 9 to 12), Post Graduate College, Sector 11 (ward 13 to 16), Government College for Education (ward 17 to 20), Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42 (ward 21 to 24), Post Graduate College for Girls, Sector 42 (25 to 28), Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 50 (Ward 29 to 32) and Post Graduate College, Sector 46 (Ward 33 to 35).
FOUR WAY BATTLE
This time it would be a four corner contest between BJP, Congress, AAP and the Akali Dal-BSP alliance. It is also the first time that the AAP is also in the fray.
In 2016, the BJP-SAD alliance obtained a clear majority in the polls of the civic body of Chandigarh, winning 20 of the 26 constituencies. Congress won just four seats, while one seat was won by an independent candidate, who was a BJP rebel.
This time around, the vote percentage was 60%, as 6 33,475 lakh voters on Friday sealed the fate of 203 candidates. It was 59.5% in the last municipal elections of Chandigarh held in 2016.
The highest polling percentage was 72.81 percent in Ward number 16, while 42.66 percent was the lowest in Ward 23.
In the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the turnout was 73.6%.