GHMC Elections 2020 Highlights: Hyderabad Votes, 18.2% Polling Till Noon

GHMC Hyderabad Election 2020 Voting LIVE Updates: The repoll would be held on December 3 from 7 AM to 6 PM in all the 69 polling stations.

GHMC Elections 2020 Highlights: Hyderabad Votes, 18.2% Polling Till Noon

GHMC Elections 2020: Voting began at 7 am.

Hyderabad:

After more than a week of intense and vitriolic campaign, over 74 lakh eligible voters took part today in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation or GHMC. Polling began at 7 AM.

The polling for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election was so far peaceful with 18.20 per cent turnout reported till noon on Tuesday. The Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) ordered repoll in all 69 polling stations of Ward number 26 after it was found that the symbol of CPI(M) was printed in the ballot paper instead of CPI, an official release said.

The repoll would be held on December 3 from 7 AM to 6 PM in all the 69 polling stations. The CPI complained to the election authorities on the matter. 

The Commission has instructed the election authority and GHMC to replace the Returning Officer for conduct of fresh poll. In view of the repoll, publication, broadcasting and telecasting of Exit polls on GHMC elections is banned till 6 PM on December 3, the SEC said. Till 1 pm, the vote percentage was 18.20 percent.

The civic body election is a high-stakes battle for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the BJP, trying to make inroads, and Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM. This has been the most fiercely and bitterly fought municipal elections ever in Hyderabad with a high-octane campaign by the BJP that flew in national leaders - like Amit Shah, JP Nadda and Yogi Adityanath - hoping to convince Hyderabad that a change was needed.

Here are the highlights on the Hyderabad municipal corporation election:

Dec 01, 2020 18:55 (IST)
Dec 01, 2020 17:55 (IST)
GHMC elections: 89 wards under Hyderabad Commissionerate, Says Police
Earlier in the day Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad city while speaking on GHMC elections stated, "There are 89 wards under Hyderabad Commissionerate. There are 4,979 polling stations and 817 new polling stations have been set up as compared to 2016. We are constantly monitoring with 406 mobile parties. We have set up 29 border check posts in Hyderabad and 293 pickets in hypersensitive areas."
Dec 01, 2020 15:08 (IST)
GHMC Elections 2020 LIVE: Actors Vijay Deverakonda along with family casts his vote
Dec 01, 2020 14:26 (IST)
Actor Chiranjeevi cast his vote in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections
Dec 01, 2020 13:59 (IST)
GHMC Polls LIVE: AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi cast his vote

Dec 01, 2020 13:04 (IST)
Union Minister of State G Kishan Reddy casts vote in GHMC polls

Union Minister of State G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday cast his vote in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election.

In the morning, he was seen waiting in a queue at Deeksha Model School polling booth in Kachiguda for his turn to exercise his democratic right to vote.

Dec 01, 2020 12:23 (IST)
GHMC Polls LIVE: TRS leader K Kavitha casts her vote
Dec 01, 2020 12:10 (IST)
GHMC Elections 2020 LIVE: Telangana Home Minister casts his vote
Dec 01, 2020 11:38 (IST)
More than 52,000 police force on duty

The Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has made elaborate arrangements for the balloting process by deploying 48,000 (including reserve) polling personnel and 52,500 strong police force.
Dec 01, 2020 10:48 (IST)
GHMC Elections 2020 LIVE Updates: GHMC, A Brief History
The  Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation or GHMC was formed in April 2007 by merging 12 municipalities and eight gram panchayats with Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH). Four districts fall within GHMC limits, including Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Sangareddy.
Dec 01, 2020 10:31 (IST)
GHMC Elections 2020 LIVE: Tight Security In Place
Hyderabad police chief Anjani Kumar had said security has been tightened in all areas. "Central and state forces are available in Hyderabad city. We have set up security at normal, sensitive, hypersensitive, and critical polling stations under the leadership of Inspector-level officers. Striking Force, Emergency Response Team will be available. Security has been set up at 293 hypersensitive pickets. We have set up six armed police teams at critical hypersensitive police centres," he said.
Dec 01, 2020 10:23 (IST)
GHMC Polls LIVE: Why These Polls Matter To BJP
The BJP sees the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election as a chance to carve out a space for itself in Telangana. In 2016, the party claimed just four of 150 seats as Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's TRS swept 99. The BJP recently won the by-election to the Dubbak assembly constituency.
Dec 01, 2020 10:11 (IST)
GHMC Elections LIVE: Ballot Voting, Not EVMs
The Telangana State Election Commission is conducting the election with ballot papers instead of EVMs because of the coronavirus crisis. Voter IDs or one of the 18 alternative photo identity can be shown. Elderly voters and women with children need not wait in queues. There's no provision for online voting though postal ballots have been allowed.
Dec 01, 2020 10:05 (IST)
GHMC Polls LIVE: KT Rama Rao Casts His Vote
Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao, who case his vote this morning, urged people to exercise their franchise.
Dec 01, 2020 10:03 (IST)
GHMC Elections 2020 LIVE: 1,122 Candidates, 150 Divisions
1,122 candidates are contesting in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election. The election is taking place in 150 divisions spread over four districts.
Dec 01, 2020 10:00 (IST)
GHMC Elections LIVE: Polling Arrangements
Detailed arrangements have been made for today's voting by the Telangana State Election Commission with 48,000 polling personnel and 52,500 police personnel deployed.
Dec 01, 2020 09:32 (IST)
GHMC Polls LIVE: Top BJP Leaders Campaigned For The Polls
Top BJP leaders who had campaigned for the Hyderabad civic body polls:

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, 
BJP chief JP Nadda
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
Prakash Javadekar
Smriti Irani
G Kishan Reddy
Tejaswi Surya
Dec 01, 2020 09:14 (IST)
Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Election: Asaduddin Owaisi Votes
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said after voting, "I appeal to the people of Hyderabad to cast their vote today to strengthen democracy."

Dec 01, 2020 09:07 (IST)
Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Polls: Union Minister G Kishan Reddy Votes
"Following all Covid Safety Protocols, cast my vote along with my family at Kachiguda Polling Station earlier this morning. Voting is our constitutional right and all of us must exercise it in the interest of an able administration," Mr Reddy tweeted after casting his vote.
Dec 01, 2020 09:06 (IST)
Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Election
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy waiting in a queue at Deeksha Model School in Kachiguda to cast his vote.