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In UP assembly polls, less than half of Noida turned out to vote

There was low voter turnout from Noida in the UP assembly elections for which polling was held on February 11

assembly elections Updated: Feb 25, 2017 22:57 IST
Kapil Datta
There were complaints from thousands of voters across Noida city that their names were not in the voters’ list.
There were complaints from thousands of voters across Noida city that their names were not in the voters’ list.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

Polling percentage in Noida indicates that sector residents in the constituency were indifferent to the state assembly polls despite efforts by the district administration and the election commission to increase voter turnout. Voting in Gautam Budh Nagar was held on February 11.

According to figures from the district election office, the total polling percentage in Noida was just 48.55. The figure was above 60% at only 11% of the total polling booths.

The low voter turnout can be attributed to various factors. There were complaints from thousands of voters across the city that their names were not in the voters’ list. Some voters complained that their names did not figure in the list of voters at the nearest polling booths and they were directed by election officials to go to other polling stations far away.

There were also complaints that voters from the same family were directed to two different polling stations over a kilometre apart. Some city voters also found it inconvenient to visit the polling stations in neighbouring villages and dropped the idea of casting their votes.

In Noida, only 39.07% voters cast their votes at polling booth number 325, which included the upscale Sector 15A. A total of 38.51% male voters and 39.76% female voters cast their votes. Similarly, at two other booths located at the Sector 15A club - booth nos. 323 and 324 - the polling percentage was 46.14 and 41.35, respectively.

At the polling station at MAF Academy in Sector 62, which had 10 polling booths and a number of voters from the residential apartments of Sector 62, polling percentage ranged between 34.70 at booth no. 103 and 45.66 at booth no. 112. Polling booth no. 105 registered 38.37% and polling booth number 109 registered 38.31%.

At Assisi Convent School (BHEL Colony) in Sector 17, polling booth no. 310 registered 35.11% voting and booth number 311 registered 40.74%.

Similarly, at Army Public School in Sector 37, polling ranged from 42.92% at polling booth no. 300 to 57.44% at polling booth number 301. At five other booths here, the polling percentage was 50, 45.91, 44.10, 47.23 and 43.82.

Polling percentage of mere 29.56 and 31.18 were registered at booth nos. 294 and 295, respectively, at the community centre in the upscale Sector 44. Polling booth no. 293 registered a polling percentage of 42.08.

Even at the polling station at Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association (FONRWA) office at Sector 52, the three polling booths registered a voting percentage of 33.01, 34.71 and 39.14, respectively. Three other booths had polling percentage of 40.14, 42.01 and 44.23.

The highest polling percentages were recorded at booth no. 2 in Harola Makanpur (71.84), booth no. 434 at Chipiyana (71.75), booth no. 118 at Chhijarsi (71.40), booth no. 392 at Sorkha Jehanabad (69.83) and booth no. 56 at Gandhi Samarak school at Chaura Sadatpur.

The lowest was recorded at booth no. 121 at Chhijarsi (24.95%), booth no. 294 at community centre in Sector 44 (29.56%), booth no. 426 at Chotpur colony (31.03%), booth no. 295 at community centre at Sector 44 (31.18%) and booth no. 455 at the Sector 82 community centre (31.94%).

In Noida, the highest turnout of women voters was at booth no. 441 at Chipiyana Khurd where 76.11% of women voters cast their votes. The lowest turnout of women was at booth no. 121 at Chhijarsi with 24.95%.

Keshav Kumar, additional district magistrate and SVEEP in-charge at Gautam Budh Nagar, said, “Urban voters are active only on social media and seem to take the Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) only as an identity card and for use in other requirements. A majority of urban voters do not turn up for voting. They treat the voting day as a holiday. As polling day was on Saturday, urban voters may have gone on a two-day holiday trip from Friday evening itself.”