Nanded Municipal Corporation Election Results 2017: Counting of votes underway

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The campaign for the polls witnessed a bitter war of words among the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena. In the recent elections to the 16 municipal corporations, the BJP came to power in 13.

Counting of votes in this ward will be done twice - through EVMs as well as VVPAT machines, the election commission officials said. The voter turnout for the civic body polls stood at 60 per cent.

The State Election Commission of Maharashtra had placed order for 400 VVPAT machines from the Electronic Corporation of India (ECI), but the company could not provide so many machines in time, so it was made a decision to use available 70 machines on pilot basis at a single ward in Nanded polls.

The opposition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged four seats while its ruling ally in the centre and the state, Shiv Sena, got just a single seats. Shiv Sena stood second with 14 seats while BJP managed to bag only two seats.

This time, 578 candidates are contesting the election to Nanded Municipal Corporation.

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According to latest reports, Congress is ahead in 28 seats out of 81 seats. Of the 81 seats, 41 are reserved for women, 15 for Scheduled Caste candidates, two for Scheduled Tribe candidates and 22 seats for Backward Class communities.

The Congress was expected to win a few more seats as it led in another five seats in the NWCMC, a stronghold of Maharashtra party chief Ashok Chavan.

In the run up to the polls, Chief Minister Fadnavis had accused the Shiv Sena of lobbying with the Congress to defeat the BJP.

The Congress not only retained the civic body but also hugely improved its tally compared to 2012 when it secured 41 seats, proving a major morale-booster for the party reeling under a saffron onslaught. Elections to the civic body were held on Wednesday.

NCP, which had won 10 seats in the last elections, has so far not opened its account.