The echo of the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election has been heard till the center of national politics, Delhi, which is eyeing the entire country. In the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, 1122 candidates are in the fray for the 150 seats, whose fate will be decided by the voters on Tuesday. Voting has not even reached 50 percent in the elections held in Hyderabad so far. This pattern of voting has been seen not only in Municipal Corporation elections but also in Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha. In such a situation, taking voters to booths and increasing voting percentage is a big challenge. It has to be seen whether the people of Hyderabad can break their previous record.
Mathematics of voters in Hyderabad
There are a total of 74,67,256 voters in 150 seats of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. There are 38,89,637 male and 35,76,941 female while third gender has 678 voters. As many as 2927 polling places have been set up for 150 municipal seats, where there are 9101 voting booths.
Will there be 50 percent voting ?
In the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election, voting has been around 45 percent so far. In the 2009 Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election, 42.04 percent voting was done. After this, the voting pattern in the Municipal Corporation elections held in 2016 remained the same and only 45.29 percent people had left their homes and reached the booth venue to cast their votes. Voting in the last election of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation could not cross the 50 percent mark. Even before this election, less than 50 percent voting has been done.
Assembly and Lok Sabha pattern
Not only the municipal corporation elections, but the people of Hyderabad rarely go out to cast their votes in the assembly and Lok Sabha. The 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were held simultaneously in Hyderabad, in which only 53 percent of the people had voted. After this, there was 50.86 percent voting in the 2018 assembly elections, whereas in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Hyderabad seat got only 44.75 percent votes and Secunderabad seat was polled 46.26 percent. In this way, the average of voting in the municipal and Lok Sabha-Assembly elections has been 45.51 percent.
How many candidates from which party ?
A total of 1122 candidates are in the fray for a total of 150 seats in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election. While BJP’s 149 candidates are trying their luck, TRS has fielded candidates in all 150 seats. At the same time, Congress is hammering in 146 seats while Asaduddin Owaisi’s party All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has fielded candidates for just 51 seats. TDP 106, CPI 17, CPM 12, Independents 415 and 76 candidates from other parties are in the fray.