Panvel, May 26: The results of Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Elections 2017 would be declared today. State Election Commission was scheduled to initiate the counting of votes at 10 AM. The newly incorporated civic body went into polls on Wednesday. Voting was held on a total of 78 seats. Stay tuned with India.com for the live trends, results and updates on Panvel municipal polls. WATCH: Panvel Municipal Corporation Election Results 2017 LIVE Streaming
Panvel, lying 55 kms away from Mumbai, was under the jurisdiction of Raigad Gram Panchayat. In 2016, the state cabinet approved the setup of a separate municipal corporation. The SEC registered a total of 4,25,453 voters in Panvel for the upcoming elections. ALSO READ: Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation Election Results 2017 LIVE News Updates
For the 78 seats contested in PCMC, a total of 418 candidates were in the fray. According to Association for Democratic Reforms, 14 percent of the candidates have serious criminal cases against them, whereas, 39 per cent candidates are crorepatis. According to reports, 76 per cent of candidates fielded by BJP fall in the list of crorepatis.
BJP, eyeing to win the first ever election for Panvel civic body, fielded candidates on 75 out of the 78 seats contested. The remaining 3 seats were allotted to its ally – Republican Party of India (Athawale). The Congress, under its electoral arrangement with NCP and Peasants and Workers’ Party (PWP), contested on a total of 12 seats. The PWP was allotted 48, whereas, the NCP fielded candidates on 12 seats.
The key contest in Panvel is expected between the BJP and the alliance of Congress-PWP-NCP. The former’s campaign received a final push on Sunday, with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis addressing a high-voltage rally, promising efficient local governance if the BJP is elected from Panvel.
In the 2014 assembly elections, two assembly segments were contested in the region under PCMC’s jurisdiction. BJP and PWP bagged one seat each.