Guwahati: The counting of votes for the crucial Guwahati Municipal Corporation elections has begun. The counting is underway at the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre.
According to initial data out of 60 wards, BJP & AGP have won or are leading on 47 seats while Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have won one each.
The BJP has won 5 wards (Ward No 11, 21, 31, 41, 51) respectively.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party and Asom Jatiya Parishad have opened their accounts with wins at wards no 42 and 1 respectively.
The BJP has already won wards 5, 6 and 22 unopposed.
Notably, the Guwahati Municipal election is being held after a nine-year hiatus, with EVMs being used for the first time in all 60 wards under the GMC.
A total of 757 polling stations have been put up for this election, with 80 polling stations being conducted solely by women polling officials.
A total of 197 candidates contested the civic body polls in 57 wards. Results for 3 wards had already been decided before the polls. Notably, this was the first GMC election where EVMs were used.
Coming to the political parties, the BJP contested in 53 wards amongst which the party has already won uncontested in 3 wards. Meanwhile, Congress contested in 55 wards, while the Asom Gana Parishad or AGP contested in 7 wards. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party fielded candidates in 39 wards and the Asom Jatiya Parishad in 25 wards.