Lucknow: The ruling BJP on Friday established early gains in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls as counting of votes was in progress for all the 652 urban local bodies.
For the mayoral elections, the saffron party forged ahead on almost all the 16 seats from where trends were available after an hour of counting.
BJP’s mayor candidates were leading in Meerut, Saharanpur, Lucknow, Ghaziabad and Gorakhpur as per initial trends.
Counting of ballots polled in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29 was on under tight security cover and CCTV surveillance at 334 centres at district and tehsil headquarters, the state election commission said.
Central paramilitary forces have been deployed around the counting centres. Arrangements have also been made for web casting of the counting process.
The final results are expected by this evening. Results will be communicated to the candidates through SMS on their registered mobile numbers.
Polling was held for 16 nagar nigams, 198 nagar palika parishads and 438 nagar panchayats with an average turnout of all the three phases estimated at 52.5 per cent of the 3.32 crore voters.