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GMC elections: Polling underway for 57 wards

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Guwahati, Apr 22: Polling for the 57 wards in the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) started on a brisk note on Friday morning. People queued up in front of the polling stations under a clear sky to elect their new councillors, as per news agency PTI.

The elections for the GMC are being conducted after a gap of nine years. A total of 197 candidates are in the fray in 57 wards with BJP candidates in three getting elected unopposed.

GMC elections: Polling underway for 57 wards

The authorities are using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for all the wards under the GMC for the first time. A total electorate of 7,96,829, comprising 3,96,891 males, 3,99,911 females and 27 of the third gender, is eligible to exercise their franchise, PTI report adds.

The counting of votes done on April 24.

All the political parties had left no stone to woo the voters, promising a flood-free and crime-free city with piped water to all households and all other basic civic amenities, in the run up to the polls.

Leading the campaigns, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held multiple rallies across the city, while the saffron party's coalition partner at Dispur, Asom Gana Parishad's (AGP), campaign was helmed by Agriculture Minister and party president Atul Bora.

The BJP has fielded candidates in 53 wards while AGP is contesting in the remaining seven. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupen Borah led the state's main Opposition party on its campaign trail.

The Congress has put up candidates in 54 wards. The other parties were also not to be left behind with Aam Aadmi Party bringing in its Delhi MLA Atishi Marlena to woo voters, while Assam Jatiya Parishad had its chief Lurinjyoti Gogoi leading the campaign.

Besides door-to-door canvassing and rallies, the parties took out car and bike rallies through the streets of the city with the campaign reaching its crescendo on Wednesday, when the campaign ended. PTI

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