NEW DELHI :
THE final voter turnout in Delhi Assembly Polls was 62.59 per cent, five per cent less than 2015, the Election Commission announced on Sunday evening nearly 24 hours after the polling ended, while the Aam Aadmi Party questioned the “delay”. Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh, however, said there was no unusual delay in announcing the final voter turnout as the returning officers were busy with scrutiny of data to ensure its accuracy.
After elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly were held on Saturday, poll officials had said that there was a turnout of 61.46 per cent, subject to revision. However, as there was no final word from the EC till 4 pm on Sunday, AAP chief and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter saying it was “absolutely shocking” that the poll panel was not coming out with the voting figures. “What is EC doing? Why are they not releasing poll turnout figures, several hours after polling?” Kejriwal tweeted.
The Aam Aadmi Party said the delay was suspicious and asked if the poll panel was waiting for BJP office’s nod. “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,” Kejriwal’s Deputy and AAP leader Manish Sisodia asked.