Seemapuri tops turnout chart, over 72 pc vote

Polling percentage higher among men than women

Seemapuri constituency in east Delhi topped the charts with the highest voting percentage of 72.19 in Wednesday's Assembly elections, officials said.

Overall in the city, marginally fewer women than men exercised their franchise.

Out of the 1.19 crore eligible voters, 65.78 per cent men and 65.17 per cent women cast their ballot, said an official who admitted that their teams spent hours to collate details received from all the seats.

A total of 78.16 lakh voters out of the 1.19 crore participated in the democratic exercise. Out of 562 eunuchs, 206 got inked on the election day, said an official. 

Ballimaran constituency in the Walled City recorded the lowest polling percentage of 56.20, said election department officials.

While the overall polling percentage in the city was 67, six seats crossed the 70 per cent mark. 

“There are only six constituencies out of total 70, where more than 70 per cent of total voters cast their ballots. These include Seemapuri (72.19), Gokulpur (71.16), Mustafabad (70.87), Sadar Bazaar (70.41), Tri Nagar (70.38), and Shakur Basti (70.19),” said Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev.

Balloting in Trilokpuri constituency in east Delhi was 68.3 per cent. Ambedkar Nagar in south Delhi saw 68.2 per cent balloting while Krishna Nagar in east Delhi, from where BJP’s CM candidate Harsh Vardhan contested, saw 67.50 per cent voting. 

The lowest turnout of 56.20 was recorded in Ballimaran seat in old Delhi. 

The poll turnout in New Delhi constituency, which is the battle ground for Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, BJP’s Vijender Gupta and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal, saw a turnout of 65.95 per cent.

In South Delhi, the voting percentage in nine Assembly constituencies increased by 11 per cent as compared to polls in 2008. 

In nine constituencies in East Delhi, the polling percentage experienced a rise of 7.9 per cent.North-east part of Delhi has been the most participant in the voting process as 68.48 per cent voting was observed there, which is highest among all the districts. 

The central district logged a voting percentage of 67.42, north district recorded 66.78 per cent, east district logged 66.28 per cent, west district had a polling percentage of 65.59, south district had 64.69 per cent voting, south-west district recorded 63.78 per cent polling, New Delhi district saw 63.66 per cent polling and north-west district had the lowest turnout of 63.52, official records showed.

Despite several efforts taken by the Delhi Election Office to spread awareness about voting, the areas where less than 60 per cent of the voters turned up for balloting included Delhi Cantonment, Rajender Nagar, Badli and Ballimaran.

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