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Delhi turnout of 62.59% makes Kejriwal, Sisodia nervous

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh explained Delhi voted till late night as EC kept collecting data

The Election Commission (EC) has released the final voting percentage in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. According to the EC, Delhi Assembly elections saw a turnout of 62.59%. The commission said that voting was going on till night in Delhi and they were collecting data through that period, thus causing the delay. It was believed until yesterday that the turnout had fallen from the 2015 level substantially to about 61%.

This may upset the calculations of all exit pollsters that had collected their data till 3 PM and processed it in the next three hours so that they could begin the broadcast sharply 15-30 min after 6 PM.

Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said, “The highest voter turnout was recorded in Ballimaran assembly constituency at 71.6% while the lowest voter turnout was recorded in Delhi Cantonment at 45.4%.”

This turnout is actually 2% higher than that in the Lok Sabha election of 2019.

Singh said, “Voter turnout data is submitted by returning officers who were busy throughout the night, then they became busy in scrutiny. It has taken a little bit of time but, in data entry, it is very important to ensure accuracy.” He said that the maximum polling in Delhi elections was recorded at 71.6% in Ballimaran Assembly constituency, while the lowest polling was recorded in Delhi Cantonment with 45.4%.

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the EC regarding the release of data. He asked what the Election Commission was doing. “Why are they not releasing the poll figures even after several hours of voting?” a tense AAP chief wondered.

Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia’s stress acquired funny proportions when he fiercely targeted the EC while attacking rival BJP. Sisodia said, “BJP leaders are giving polling figures. The EC has not been able to tell it 24 h after the end of polling. What is the percentage of voting? It is saying data is being collected. What’s happening, Delhi Election Commission? Are you getting the final data from the BJP office?”

AAP leader Sanjay Singh, lashing out at the EC, said, “People want to know the percentage of polling in this election. Why is the EC taking so long to tell the voting percentage? Within an hour of the Lok Sabha election, the commission had shared the voting percentage. Why so much delay in a small state like Delhi?”

In fact, Sanjay Singh has begun preparations to blame the EVM for the election result already.

The EC has answered all the questions of the AAP in today’s press conference. The party ruling in Delhi perhaps forgot when it had debuted in elections in 2013, Delhi was allowed to vote until 10 PM.

BJP’s Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari today reiterated his party was winning the election with at least 48 seats.