Indore: Polling has begun in 11 corporations in the first phase today to elect the municipal government in Madhya Pradesh. 14% polling has been recorded across the state till 9 am. These include 16% male and 12.5% female. Indore has recorded 25% polling in the first two hours. Only 6.44% polling has been recorded in Bhopal till 9 am. These include Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Ujjain, Sagar, Singrauli and Satna. Polling in 11 municipal corporations, 36 municipalities and 86 municipal councils is scheduled to begin at 7 am and continue till 5 pm.
A total of 133 civic bodies are working to cast their votes at 13,148 polling booths. The results are due on July 17. 101 candidates are in the fray for the mayor's post for 11 municipal corporations. At the same time, there are 2,850 posts for councillors for all three bodies. In reality, voting is going to take place for 2,808 posts. There are 11,250 candidates in the fray.
A 90-year-old woman who reached the polling station in Damoh has lost his life. Kamal Rani, who lives in Maganj ward 4 of the city, had reached the polling station at Norbit School at 9 am to cast her vote. As soon as she approached EVM, she felt dizzy before pressing the button and fell unconscious on the ground. The doctor at the district hospital declared her brought dead.
In many wards of Indore, EVMs have been reported to be malfunctioning. Voting began half an hour late. Polling in booth 471 of ward 17 and booth 2090 of ward 80 started 20 minutes late due to the malfunctioning of the machine. In booth 13 of Chandan Nagar Ward 2, there is going to be a delay in the commencement of voting due to a malfunction in the machine. In Bhopal, the polling booths of many people have been changed. Polling stations of 81 and 82 have also been set up for many people from ward 83 to cast their votes. Sameer Kerketta said that he cast his vote in ward 83, but the ward of the parents has changed.
In Bhopal, Congress workers have started assaulting BJP's councillor candidate Shweta Tyagi's brother-in-law and his friend from Ward-43 in Rajivnagar Basti. A wall clock with Shweta's photo was kept in his car. Congress alleges that these people were distributing clocks in the settlement. At the same time, Congress candidate Manish Yadav has also been accused of an attempt to murder by a BJP candidate in Bilkhiria.