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62.59 Per Cent Voter Turnout In Delhi Poll, Announces Election Commission

Exit Polls On Saturday Predicted An Easy Win For The Aam Aadmi Party, Which Sought To Retain Power On Development Plank, Against The BJP That Ran An Aggressive Campaign Centred Around The Issues Of Anti-CAA Protests And Nationalism.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 09 Feb 2020, 07:55:39 PM
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New Delhi:

The final voter turnout in the Delhi polls was 62.59 per cent, senior officials said on Sunday. Elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly were held on Saturday. "The final voter turnout was recorded at 62.59 per cent," a senior official in the Delhi CEO’s office said.

In the 2015 Assembly polls, Delhi had recorded a voter turnout of 67.47 per cent. Exit polls on Saturday predicted an easy win for the Aam Aadmi Party, which sought to retain power on development plank, against the BJP that ran an aggressive campaign centred around the issues of anti-CAA protests and nationalism.The final voter turnout in the Delhi polls was 62.59 per cent, senior officials said on Sunday. Elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly were held on Saturday. "The final voter turnout was recorded at 62.59 per cent," a senior official in the Delhi CEO’s office said.

Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the "delay" by the EC in giving the final voter turnout figure for Delhi Assembly polls, the AAP on Sunday said it was suspicious and asked if the poll panel was waiting for BJP office’s nod.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it is "absolutely shocking" that the poll panel was not coming out with the figure several hours after polling got over. "Absolutely shocking. What is EC doing? Why are they not releasing poll turnout figures, several hours after polling?"Kejriwal tweeted.

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The last voting percentage given by the commission on Saturday night was 61.46 per cent. The voting in the national capital to elect a new government ended at 6 pm on Saturday.

Hitting out at the Election Commission, Kejriwal’s deputy and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia asked the poll panel if it was yet to receive the final voter turnout figure from the BJP office.

"BJP leaders are giving the voter turnout figures and on the other hand the Election Commission has not been able to give the final voting percentage 24 hours after polling got over," Sisodia said in a tweet in Hindi. "EC is saying they are compiling data. What’s going on? Are you waiting for the BJP office to give you the final figure?" Sisodia said.

At a press conference, AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that “something is cooking” and “a game is being played secretely”. “This is perhaps the first time in the 70-year-history of country that the Election Commission is not ready to release the final figure of voter turnout. The entire country and Delhi have been waiting for the polling percentage since yesterday,” he said.

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Final polling figure of Lok Sabha elections is released on the same day, but in case of Delhi which has just 70 assembly constituencies, the poll panel is taking so much time to come out with the voter turnout percentage. It has been 24 hours but the poll panel is yet to release its official statement, Singh said, adding that EC should should tell why there has been so much delay.

Exit polls for the Delhi assembly election on Saturday forecast a comfortable victory for the ruling AAP. The Times Now-Ipsos exit polls predicted that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will retain his chair with the AAP winning 44 seats against 26 for the BJP.

The Republic-Jan ki Baat survey gave the AAP 48-61 seats and the BJP 9-21 seats. The TV9 Bharatvarsh-Cicero predicted 54 seats for the AAP, 15 for the BJP and one for the Congress.

The AAP had scored an overwhelming victory in the 2015 polls, winning 67 seats and reducing the BJP to three. Congress had drawn a blank.

(With Agency Inputs)

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First Published : 09 Feb 2020, 07:19:20 PM