Gurgaon recorded highest ever voter turnout of 70.4 percent (figure may change later) with the total number of votes polled this year even exceeding the total number of registered voters in the last Lok Sabha elections.
There were 12.30 lakh electors in 2009 elections while over 12.82 lakh votes were polled this year. With a record voter turnout, which is significantly higher than the 61.71 per cent polled in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Gurgaon voters came out in large numbers to vote for ‘change’ on Thursday.
Nuh assembly constituency recorded highest voter turnout of 75.6 percent while Gurgaon recorded 65.5 percent, lowest of the nine parliamentary constituencies. The total votes polled in Gurgaon were also comparable to the 70.5 per cent polled in Haryana.
According to several voters from across Gurgaon, including residents from posh New Gurgaon areas that are known for staying home on poll day, they wanted a different regime. Most seemed disappointed by the present 10-year-old government.
“We need a government that focuses on development issues and does not bank on divisive politics to obtain votes,” said Sarbajit Singh, a resident of DLF phase 5.
Despite being the largest Lok Sabha constituency in the state with over 18.44 lakh electors, the polling procedure went smoothly, with the exception of minor incidents. Several complaints of bogus votes and rigged polls were also received by the election office, but most of them turned out to be false alarms.
Maximum disturbance was observed in parts of Mewat such as Nuh and Punhana. However, deputy commissioner of Mewat, RC Verma confirmed that the complaints were addressed on time and there was no interference with the election process.
“The electoral procedure was very smooth and timely. Much homework and planning was required to ensure that the elections are conducted without any law and order issues,” said Alok Mittal, police commissioner, Gurgaon.