KDMC polls: Voters seal fate of 750 candidates on eventful polling day

An MP and an MLA from the Shiv Sena were issued notices for influencing voters at a polling booth in Kalyan, a scuffle broke out between Sena and BJP workers in Dombivli

The electorate across Kalyan-Dombivli surpassed the 46 per cent turnout recorded during the 2010 municipal election and thronged the polling booths to seal the fate of 750 aspirants contesting for 122 seats during the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) polls yesterday.

A policeman scans the polling booth at Sarangdhar School, Wadekar Road, Kalyan (West), from a vantage point. Long queues were witnessed at various polling stations throughout Kalyan-Dombivli yesterday. Pics/Sameer Markande
A policeman scans the polling booth at Sarangdhar School, Wadekar Road, Kalyan (West), from a vantage point. Long queues were witnessed at various polling stations throughout Kalyan-Dombivli yesterday. Pics/Sameer Markande

Polling began at 7 am and concluded by 5.30 pm. A total of 47 per cent voters from Kalyan-Dombivli region registered their votes. The counting will start at 10.30 am today.

Cops rush to stop a brawl that broke out between Sena and BJP workers in Dombivli yesterdayCops rush to stop a brawl that broke out between Sena and BJP workers in Dombivli yesterday

Untoward incidents
A Shiv Sena MP and an MLA were issued notices by the Election Code of Conduct chief for KDMC polls trying to influence voters outside a polling booth in Kalyan. “Both — MP Arvind Sawant and MLA Balaji Kenikar — were influencing voters.

We immediately took them away from the spot and issued them notices. Barring few minor incidents, voting was conducted in a peaceful manner,” said ECC chief Jamir Lengarekar.

An incident of bogus voting was reported at Kalyan’s Khadakpada. Two bogus voters were taken into custody from a polling booth in ward no 23. In addition, a scuffle broke out between BJP and Shiv Sena party workers at Patharli in Dombivli (East).

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