Shimla/ May 27
Polling for the post of Mayor, Deputy Mayors and 25 wards was brisk in the morning and evening hours and Tuti Kandi ward recorded highest polling of 74.71 per cent while lowest polling of 50.83 percent was recorded in Totu ward.
The polling which was held from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the state capital. Women turned out in strength in most of the wards
The elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor were held directly for the first time and there were seven candidates, including two women for the post of mayor and five candidates including one woman for deputy mayor.
Fifty per cent wards (13 out of 25) were reserved for women and 47 out of 95 candidates were women while 44 women contested from 13 wards reserved for them.
Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, who is also the returning offcer for SMC polls said that 51235 out of 79951 voters cast their vote and EVMs have been brought to the DC office and kept in safe custody. The counting of votes would take place tomorrow and the results would be declared immediately.
The Nabha ward recorded 71.98 per cent polling, followed by Chamayana (80 per cent), Summerhill (70.67 per cent), Krishana Nagar (69.17), Kaithu (68.76 per cent), Dhalli (68.66 per cent) and Boileauganj (68.61 per cent).
Chhota Shimla and Kusumpti ward where maximum number of officers and employee reside recorded low polling of 54.16 per cent 55.98 per cent respectively while Patyog recorded 58.3 per cent polling.
The number of women voters was 36,194 compared to 43,762 men but thirteen wards were reserved for women while remaining twelve wards were open.
A fierce contest had emerged between Congress, BJP and CPI-M and and how the heavy polling would affect the fate of the candidates would be known tomorrow.
Sitting Mayor Madhu Sood, Dr S.S. Minhas (BJP) and Sanjay Chauhan (CPIM) are main contenders for the post of Mayor while Devinder Chauhan (Congress), Digvijay Singh chauhan (BJP) and Takinder Panwar (CPI-M) were locked in a triangular contest for the post of Deputy Mayor.
The Congress was in control of the Corporation for last 26 years ever since the elected body was restored in 1986 and the BJP was making a determined bit to wrest the prestigious civic body.