82.7 lakh voted in Delhi, highest ever in capital
In Thursday's elections, 82.7 lakh Delhiites exercised their voting rights. This was the highest number of people to have voted in any election in Delhi ever.india Updated: Apr 12, 2014 01:33 IST
In Thursday's elections, 82.7 lakh Delhiites exercised their voting rights. This was the highest number of people to have voted in any election in Delhi ever.
The final voter turnout in this year's Lok Sabha election was 65.09%, which is less than the 66% polling recorded during the assembly elections last year and the highest turnout of 71.31% witnessed in the 1977 general elections.
The statistics, however, don't reveal the real picture.
The number of people who actually voted in the assembly elections was 78.75 lakh, because the electorate was slightly smaller. In 1977, the impressive figure of 71.31% actually meant 18.16 lakh voters cast ballots.
The highest turnout on Thursday — 67.54% — was seen at the Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency. The lowest figure was recorded at the North West Delhi constituency with a 61.66% voter turnout.
The male voter turnout was 65.95% and the female voter response was 63.77%.
"The credit for this goes to the citizens of Delhi, we have been the catalyst for this change," said Vijay Dev, Delhi's chief electoral officer.
Dev said that one of the biggest reasons for the increase in voter turnout, both in the Delhi assembly elections and Lok Sabha elections, was the participation of young voters in the process. "They have been the engines driving this change. They have nudged their urban apathetic parents and relatives to vote too," he said.
"We have tried to reach out to voters through mass media and community outreach programmes. We have tried to make the electoral process a festival," he said.
He said that the efforts on part of the electoral office to sensitise poll officials to be courteous towards voters and particularly senior citizens and the differently abled had been a success. "The training module has been institutionalised and the shortcomings will be rectified in due course," he said.
He said that the model polling stations at 70 locations had been appreciated and would be replicated in future elections too.