Elections to 84 urban local bodies in Uttarakhand were held on Sunday. Over 60% of the voters exercised their franchise, Outlook quoted the the state election commission as saying.
The results will be declared on Tuesday, reported the Hindustan Times. Around 4,978 candidates are contesting the elections and 23.53 lakh people are eligible to cast their votes.
However, ward numbers 106, 107 and 108 in Udhampur Singh Nagar district will vote again on Monday after voting machines developed technical problems.
State Election Commissioner Chandra Shekhar Bhatt had earlier said a high voter turnout is expected since it is a local election.
The 84 urban local bodies consists of seven corporations, 39 municipal councils and 38 town panchayats. Dehradun Municipal Corporation is the largest urban local body with 100 wards and 6.23 lakh eligible voters. This is the first time mayoral elections were held in Rishikesh and Kotdwar, reported The Times of India.
Security in the state was intensified, with 10,000 police personnel and 4,000 home guards deployed in cities and towns, reported Firstpost. Fifty-two strong rooms with tight security were set up to store ballot boxes.
In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, the urban local body polls were seen as a fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Opposition Congress. The BJP had won 57 of 70 seats in the state Assembly elections last year.