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Turnout Drops In Delhi


While the overall voter turnout in Delhi on 8 February registered a drop as compared to the 2015 Assembly election, all eyes are on results to be announced on 11 February.

According to the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) voter turnout app, the total turnout in Delhi was recorded at 61 Percent till 10.30 PM, a decline over the 2015 polls when a 67.12 per cent of the voters came out to vote.

The turnout data on the app is tentative and the final figures may be marginally different.

A total of 1.47 crore people were eligible to vote in the State of Delhi.

This is the first time since 1998 when the State has witnessed a drop in voter turnout over a previous Assembly Poll, said Political Analyst Shakti Nayak.
 
Mr.Nayak, Principal Corresspondent of The Samaja, a leading vernacular daily, who exercised his franchise on 8 February said various factors are involved for  drop in voter turnout. 
 
However voters were happy to vote for their favourite candidates, said Anand Kumar, who voted in Anand Parbat Booth.
 
He said people have voted freely and fearlessly as ECI has taken tough steps in this regard.
 
Mr.Kumar pointed out that "Free Water and Free Power" is likely tilt voting pattern in favor of Governing AAP Party.
 
In 1998, Delhi had recorded a voter turnout of just 48.99 per cent which was a sharp decline of more than 12 percentage points from 61.75 per cent.

Since 1998, Delhi had seen rise in the overall voter turnout in each successive election.
 
Across constituencies, Matia Mahal in Central Delhi registered the highest voter turnout of 68.36 per cent whereas Bawana Assembly constituency in North district saw the lowest turnout at 41.95 per cent.

Voter turnout in New Delhi constituency, which had the highest number of candidates, 28 including Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party Supremo Arvind Kejriwal, was registered at 51.64 PC.
 
This is as compared to 64.72 PC during the 2015 polls when Mr.Kejriwal won with a margin of more than 30,000 votes.
 
Among districts, North East district registered the highest 62.75 PC voter turnout while the lowest turnout was recorded in South East 54.15 PC.
 
In 2015, AAP had won 67 of 70 assembly seats in Delhi and more than 54 per cent of the vote-share.
 
While BJP could only manage to win 03 seats even as it secured 32 per cent of votes, Congress had failed to open its account.


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