Voter apathy evident in Capital as turnout drops to 54.37 per cent

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Voter apathy evident in Capital as turnout drops to 54.37 per cent

Sunday, 26 May 2024 | Saumya Shukla | New Delhi

Despite star-studded campaigns by political parties and the Election Commission's fervent calls, voters' apathy was evident across the national capital on Saturday with voting turnout clocking a dismal 54.37 per cent in Lok Sabha 2024 elections, approximately 6 per cent less than 60.52 per cent last elections in 2019.

Factors such as voters’ disinterest in the candidates, high temperatures, the timing of the elections coinciding with summer vacations, and the weekend voting day seemed to have played a key role in this dismal turnout for seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi.

Data available from the Election Commission reveals that the highest turnout was recorded in the Northeast Delhi seat with 58.54 per cent of voter turnout while the New Delhi parliamentary constituency, known for its VVIP status and elite voters, saw the lowest voter turnout of 51.54 per cent. The fight on the seat is between BJP’s Bansuri Swaraj and AAP’s Somnath Bharti.

In the North East Delhi constituency, several minority-dominated constituencies recorded turnout rates exceeding 60 per cent, underscoring the significance of community dynamics in electoral engagement.

Chandni Chowk Parliamentary seat, with its minority-dominated areas, witnessed the third lowest turnout at 53.27 per cent.

Assembly wise, the data shows that the highest voter turnout of 68 per cent in the national capital was recorded in Rohini which stands at 62.59 per cent. WIth a sizable minority population in Babarpur, the assembly seat clocked 62.05 voter turnout per cent, highest in Northeast Delhi where BJP’s Manoj Tiwari is pitted against Congress’ Kanhaiya Kumar. Meanwhile, South Delhi’s Mehrauli recorded the lowest turnout at 48.10 per cent.

Rural assembly segments including Badli (57.83 per cent), Bawana (48.37 per cent), Mundka (52.17 per cent) and Najafgarh (59.10 per cent) saw average voting.

Five assembly constituencies in North east Delhi recorded more than 60 per cent voter turnout including minority dominated assembly segments of Babarpur (62.05 per cent), Mustafabad (61.92 per cent), Gokalpur (60.98 per cent), Rohtas Nagar (60.62 per cent) and Ghonda ( 60.13 per cent) The lowest turnout was recorded at Burari (53.60 per cent) in the constituency.

The Chandni Chowk Lok constituency, which comprises minority-dominated areas like Ballimaran (56.14 per cent), Matia Mahal (58.46 per cent), Shakur Basti (58.42 per cent), clocked the third lowest voter turnout at 53.27 per cent. The South Delhi constituency, which is seeing a fight between BJP’s Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and AAP’s Sahi Ram Pehalwan clocked the second lowest voting percentage at 52.83 per cent.

Meanwhile, South Delhi’s Mehrauli recorded the lowest turnout at 48.10 per cent. Rural assembly segments including Badli (57.83 per cent), Bawana (48.37 per cent), Mundka (52.17 per cent) and Najafgarh (59.10 per cent) saw average voting.

Five assembly constituencies in Northeast Delhi recorded more than 60 per cent voter turnout including minority dominated assembly segments of Babarpur (62.05 per cent), Mustafabad (61.92 per cent), Gokalpur (60.98 per cent), Rohtas Nagar (60.62 per cent) and Ghonda ( 60.13 per cent) The lowest turnout was recorded at Burari (53.60 per cent) in the constituency.

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