Data shows urban voters give Gurgaon civic polls a miss
The voter turnout in wards 32-35 averaged to a mere 39.91%, against the city’s overall voter turnout of 55.92%, which was also incidentally lower than the turnout of 63.3% in the 2011 elections.gurgaon Updated: Sep 26, 2017 22:04 IST
A tabulation of the data procured from the Election Commission and a subsequent analysis provides for a grim reflection of the voter turnout in wards dominated by urban population in the recently held Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections.
The voter turnout in wards 32-35 averaged to a mere 39.91%, against the city’s overall voter turnout of 55.92%, which was also incidentally lower than the turnout of 63.3% in the 2011 elections.
Ward 35, which comprises DLF Phase-3 and Nathupur village, though, was an exception to the low-turnout trend. The voter turnout in this ward was registered at 58.12%, the highest among the four wards.
Wards 32 to 35 comprise a majority of the city’s urban areas — DLF phases 1-5, Sushant Lok Phase-1, Suncity, sectors 27, 29, 42, 43, 44, 45, 52, 53 and 54, and Essel Tower.
The villages falling under these wards are Nathupur, Chakkarpur, Sikanderpur, Kanhai and Silokhra, where the voter turnout was above 75%, which helped to significantly boost the overall voter turnout in these wards.
The lowest voter turnout was registered in Ward 32, which comprises DLF Phase-5, Sushant Lok Phase-1, Suncity, sectors 44, 45, 52, 53 and 54, Kanhai village and Silokhra village. The voter turnout in this ward was 28.83%.
The margin of victory in these wards was also relatively close. The difference between the winner and the runner-up candidate in the MCG elections was 930, 245, 142 and 212 in wards 32, 33, 34 and 35, respectively.
Hindustan Times’ report on Sunday, the election day, had highlighted how the polling centres in the urban areas wore a deserted look as residents preferred to stay indoors. A majority of the residents said they were glued to their television sets, watching a One Day International match between India and Australia.
“For our part, we had sent out video messages all over social media and also organised events with celebrities to generate awareness among urban voters and generate voter turnout. However, these efforts and the strategies were largely unsuccessful. For the next elections, we will have to come up with different measures,” an official with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) said.