Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): Voters took relatively less interest in casting votes this time in the Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) elections. Roughly 60 per cent of the people cast their votes. In the last election of 2015, 63.94 per cent voter turnout was recorded. The low turnout has left the ruling party BJP worried. But since the voting percentage in Muslim and Bohra-dominated wards was seen to be very low, there has been increased anxiety about the Congress election results. Political experts believe that the fight is tough and the results may be startling
†Seeing the slow pace of voting since morning, it was being speculated that the voting percentage would be low and it turned out to be true. About 59.53 per cent voting was done till 5 pm. Out of the total 4.61 lakh voters, only 2,74,478 voters exercised their rights. These include 1,43,840 male (62.30%) and 1,30,617 female (56.75%) voters. According to administrative sources, it is expected to increase by one per cent more in the final figure.
Due to the low polling percentage, speculations have started in political parties. Generally, high turnout is considered favouring the BJP and less is considered favourable for the Congress. The figure of 60 per cent is average and looking at this it is believed that the fight is not going to be one-sided. The managers of both parties admitted that contrary to their estimates, the polling percentage has been very low. But they also claim that this may reduce the margin of victory, but in the end, they will get the majority.
Polling parties had started returning after the polling and the process of EVMs being deposited in Ujjain Engineering College (UEC) had also started. However, the people will have to wait for at least 11 days for the results. The fate of the candidates is locked in the strong room till July 17. On this day, the counting of votes in UEC will start at 8 am. First, the postal ballots will be counted and then the EVMs will be opened.