Women play catch-up in city polls

Out of the total 1.27 crore registered voters of Delhi, 82.65 lakhs exercised their franchise on April 10, setting a new record for the last three decades.

The Delhi electoral office said the final turnout of the city was recorded at 65.05 per cent against recent Assembly election’s 66 per cent.

“The turnout remains low in the parliamentary elections and it shoots up in Assembly elections. We can’t compare these two elections like we cannot compare oranges with apples. But we can say that our oranges are as good as our apples,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer said.

A substantial increase in the participation of female voters was also witnessed.
“In the last parliamentary elections, 49.6 per cent female voters exercised their franchise against 53.6 per cent of their male counterparts. They scored 4 per cent low as compared to the male voters. But now, 63.64 per cent of female voters turned up at the polling booths against 65.75 per cent of male voters. The women of Delhi were a mere 2 per cent behind males,” Dev added.

The officer said the young and first-time voters played key role in the polls.
“Close to six lakh voters were enrolled in three months after last year’s Assembly polls and 3.90 lakh of them turned up to vote,” he added.

In the final data, Chandni Chowk constituency received a maximum turnout of 67.13 per cent  against the 55.21 per cent  of the previous Lok Sabha elections. The North-East Delhi constituency remained at second place with 67.08 per cent  voters’ turnout against 52.39 per cent  in 2009, followed by East Delhi with a turnout of 65.59 per cent  against the previous tally of 53.44 per cent.

The turnout in the New Delhi constituency was 65.03 per cent against 55.83 per cent in last Lok Sabha polls. North-West Delhi parliamentary constituency received 61.38 per cent votes against last Lok Sabha election’s 47.44 per cent. West Delhi’s turnout was 66.03 per cent against 52.47 per cent in  2009 and South Delhi’s turnout was recorded at 62.98 per cent against 47.14 per cent  last Lok Sabha polls.

The poll panel seized a total of 1, 36, 584 litres of liquor during the imposition of model code of conduct. Under the Arms Act, 350 FIRs were filed and 368 persons were arrested with 96 weapons.

Cash totalling Rs 1,53, 28,000 was also seized in separate raids.

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