Poll panel refutes allegations after AAP cries conspiracy behind delay in releasing poll data and posts video of EVM tampering
Why EC delaying final voter turnout figure for elections?
New Delhi: Questioning 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 the Election Commission doing? Why are they not releasing poll turnout figures, several hours after polling?” Kejriwal tweeted.
The last voting percentage given by the commission on Saturday night was 61.46 percent. 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.
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.
EC: Final poll turnout 62.59%, wanted to give exact figures
New Delhi: Hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the “delay” in the release of final voter turnout figures for the Assembly polls, the Election Commission Sunday said 62.59 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise on February 8. This is significantly lower than 2015 when the turnout was 67.12 per cent.
Addressing a press conference, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh aid returning officers were busy in scrutinising the data throughout the night to ensure its accuracy.
“Voter turnout data is submitted by returning officers. The returning officers worked throughout the night to check data to ensure it is accurate,” Ranbir Singh said.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal lashed out at the Election Commission over the delay in announcing the final voter turnout. The Aam Aadmi Party chief wrote on Twitter, “Absolutely shocking. What is EC doing? Why are they not releasing poll turnout figures, several hours after polling?”
The Delhi CEO said there were more than 13,700 polling stations in the national capital and they had to add data from each station and ensure that every vote was accounted for.
Singh further said the voter turnout in Delhi was 2 per cent higher than the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The highest voter turnout was recorded in Balllimaran constituency at 71.6 per cent while the lowest was recorded in Delhi Cantonment area at 45.4 per cent.
Okhla constituency, which includes Shaheen Bagh, the hotbed of the anti-CAA protests in the capital where women have been in a sit-in for over 50 days, recorded a voter turnout of 58.8 per cent, the election watchdog said.
Two minority-dominated seats of Seelampur and Matia Mahal, which saw violence due to anti-Citizenship law protests, also recorded high voter turnout at 71.22 per cent and 70.38 per cent respectively.