The low voter turnout in Uttarakhand is inexplicable as other Himalayan states like Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have always witness a very high turnout
The tentative figure of 57.85 percent of polling in all the five seats of Uttarakhand has yet again proved that Uttarakhand is a low turnout state. Incidentally in all the five constituencies, the voting percent has gone on a downswing.
It is worth mentioning here that Uttarakhand has a tradition of low voter turnout than 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.
What is intriguing that Uttarakhand has a literacy rate of 79.60 percent which is higher than national average at 74.04 which clearly shows that literate Uttarakhand is not very enthusiastic when it comes to vote?
The low voter turnout in Uttarakhand is inexplicable as other Himalayan states like Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have always witness a very high turnout.
The founder of Gati Foundation, a policy research think tank, Anoop Nautiyal while interacting with The Pioneer listed some reasons for low turnout in the parliamentary elections of 2019. “It looked as if the electorate did not adequately relate with the issues raised by political parties. Another fact is that the voting was held in the first phase in the state which gave less time to the parties and candidates to build momentum. The sting in the campaign was also missing this time.’’ he said.
Nautiyal added that lot of emphasis appeared on the social media which did not lead to adequate conversion on ground. He also listed migration from the mountainous regions as another probable cause of low voter turnout.
Friday, 12 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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