Even as Panchkula improved its turnout and recorded 65.7% polling in the assembly election polls on Wednesday, it still figured in the bottom four in the state for its participation. In 2009, the constituency had recorded 57.4% polling.
The Kalka turnout was recorded at 79.3%, the highest in four decades, pushing the overall voting percentage of Panchkula-Kalka constituencies to 71.8%, another high in these polls.
Panchkula’s turnout could be counted as a disappointment, especially as the turnout around the state has been good, even record-breaking.
Its educated background and image is also belied as the only constituencies that trailed it in turnout were Faridabad, Gurgaon and Jhajjar.
The mood and voting percentage
Polling remained peaceful across both Panchkula city and Kalka, with hardly any incidents of violence reported from any area. There was high-security with a posse of policemen present, but they were seen relaxed as the day progressed.
There was no rush or long queues in sight and residents seemed to have decided to take it easy. So, even as the polling was to end at 6pm, it was only by 7:45 pm that voters inside the polling booth finished casting their votes.
The maximum rush of voters was witnessed in morning hours and then later in the evening.
Ravi Chand one of the residents in Sector 4 Panchkula said, “Residents are coming at their own pace and I would say that the scenario is much better as compared to last elections. The recent Lok Sabha election did play their part.”
It was mostly only the senior citizens and the disabled who were seen at the booths, with youngsters missing. The mood in almost each sector was the same, with middle-aged people, the senior citizens and the disabled outnumbering the young.