Election Commission data shows voting percentage was almost similar to the parliamentary elections of 2014, when 61.67 percent turnout was reported
After diligent deliberations of almost 30 hours from the end of the voting in all the five parliamentary seats of Uttarakhand, the election commission finally released the voting data on late Friday night. The commission’s data has now put the vote percentage at 61.50 while on Thursday, after the end of voting, the commission had released a tentative figure of 57.85 percent. The final data of the election commission put Haridwar parliamentary constituency on the top of the list where 68.92 percent voters exercised their franchise. In Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar constituency which has become a cynosure of all eyes with former chief minister Harish Rawat from Congress and president of state unit of BJP Ajay Bhatt fighting it out, 68.69 percent voters came out to vote. In Tehri constituency, 58.30 percent voters exercised their rights while the voting percentage in Garhwal constituency was 54.47 percent. With a voter turnout of 51.82 percent, Almora- Pithoragarh constituency remained at bottom of the voting percentage in Uttarakhand.
Incidentally the data shows that the voting percentage was almost similar to the parliamentary elections of 2014 when 61.67 percent turnout was reported.
In the parliamentary elections of 2014, Tehri constituency had witnessed a turnout of 57.50 percent, Garhwal 55.03 percent, Almora 53.22 percent, Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar 68.69 and Haridwar had a voter turnout of 71.63 percent. Uttarakhand is traditionally regarded as a low voter turnout state as less voting percentage is usually recorded here when compared with the national average in the parliamentary elections.
In the elections of the 2004, only 48.07 percent of people turned out to vote which was 10 percent less than the national average voter turnout. The turnout improved to 53.43 percent in the parliamentary elections of 2009. The national average was 58.43 in this election. In the parliamentary elections of 2014 61.67 percent of voters came out to vote which again was less than the national average of 66.44 percent.
Big difference in voter turnout in hills and plains
The voter turnout data released by the election commission has again highlighted the dichotomy between the mountainous areas of the state and those located in plains. The data shows a vast difference in polling percentage of constituencies located in plains like Haridwar where 68.92 percent voter turnout was reported and Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar with voting percentage of 68.69 with only 51.81 percent turnout in Almora- Pithoragarh constituency and 54.47 percent voter turnout in Garhwal parliamentary constituencies. Almora and Garhwal constituencies are mountainous constituencies. Assembly constituency wise analysis shows that the assembly segments located in mountainous areas like Salt (Almora), Chaubatakhal ( Garhwal), Lansdowne ( Garhwal) and Pratapnagar ( Tehri) recorded only 38.75, 43.53, 43.97 and 44.19 percent of voter turnout respectively. In comparison assembly segments like Sitarganj (Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar) reported 78.59 percent voting while Laksar and Haridwar Rural assembly segments of Haridwar reported 77.82 percent of voter turnout each.-PNS
Sunday, 14 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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