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Delhi gets a vote makeover

To shed complaining image, south Delhi residents come out in large numbers; polling crosses 50% in some areas, betters 2007. HT reports. All in a day

india Updated: Apr 16, 2012 01:26 IST
Team HT
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They are always criticised for complaining and shunning the elections. South Delhi residents tried hard to change this image by voting in large numbers on Sunday.

Though they could not beat their east and north Delhi counterparts, the overall voting percentage in south Delhi was better compared with the last civic elections.

In the 2007 elections, these areas polled between 25 and 30% votes. This time, it touched 50%. In some south Delhi areas, polling crossed the 50% mark.

Vasant Vihar, for instance, recorded 43% polling, which is more than the total turnout in the 2007 elections, which was 42%.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/16_04_pg02e.jpg

“Vasant Vihar recorded 27% polling in the last MCD elections. This time, there has been an increase of 16% with 43% people casting their votes,” said a senior State Election Commission official.

In Greater Kailash I, nearly 40% voters exercised their franchise, a nearly 50% increase over the last elections. The 2007 elections recorded 29.73% polling.

“The efforts made by Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and other campaigns have had an effect on people, forcing them to come out and vote in large numbers. We are happy our efforts have paid off,” said Rajiv Kakaria, member of the GK I RWA, who had launched a campaign called ‘Come Out and Vote’.

“We had been making rounds of all polling booths right from the morning to see if people were voting or not,” Kakaria said.

Sanitation was the main issue and residents realised it is better to vote and choose rather than not vote and crib.

“There is no proper drainage facility in our area though it is considered the best in the city. We pay the highest amount of tax but the condition has been deteriorating. I want to make my vote count, which is why I decided to vote. There is no point complaining if we don’t vote,” said Joginder Singh, a resident of Defence Colony.

The absence of parking lots, bad roads and sanitation irked the residents of posh areas such as Defence Colony, GK I, CR Park, Kailash Colony, Saket, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj.

“This is one election which affects us directly as it is related to civic issues. I didn’t want my vote to go waste,” said Kuldip Khanna, a resident of Kailash Colony.

Outside a few polling booths, concerned voters were seen calling out their friends and relatives, asking them to vote.

“A number of residents made calls to those who did not vote to ensure they did their bit in choosing their representatives,” said Ambika Khanna, a resident of E Block, Vasant Vihar.

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