Lucknow/Panaji: A highest ever voter turnout
marked the staggered Assembly elections in five states which
ended on Saturday with Uttar Pradesh and Goa joining Punjab and
Uttarakhand in breaking all previous records.
Counting of votes in the elections in the five states
which also included Manipur will be taken up on March 6 as
political parties wait with bated breath to know the fall out
of rise in voter turnout in the polls billed as a mini general
election. A high turnout is often seen as a sign of
anti-incumbency, according to pollsters.
Voting in the seven-phased Assembly elections in the
politically sensitive state of UP was at all time high
recording an overall turnout of around 60 per cent with the
last phase for 60 seats in 10 districts today registering 62
per cent polling. Some of the pockets which went to polls
today have a sizeable Muslim population.
"The turnout in Uttar Pradesh was highest at around 60
per cent, recording an increase of 30.23 per cent over the
2007 turnout," Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told
reporters in Delhi. He described as historic the high turnout.
UP had recorded a turnout of only 46.07 per cent in the
previous Assembly polls in 2007. The highest voter turnout so
far was in 1993 when 57.13 per cent voters cast their ballots.
In the 2007 Assembly polls in the districts covered by
today`s polling, BSP had emerged as the biggest party bagging
27 seats, while SP and BJP had got 17 and nine seats
In the coastal state of Goa, a record 81 per cent voters
cast their ballots. The previous highest voting in the state
was in 2007 when 70.51 per cent voters had voted.
A booth in Dovorlim locality near Margao reported 100
per cent voting by 3.30 pm, 90 minutes before the close of
polling. Two booths, one in Poriem and another in Sankhalim
constituency, had recorded 95 per cent voting by 4 pm.
Polling in Punjab and Uttarakhand was held on January 30
and in Manipur on January 28.
Voter turnout in Punjab and Uttarakhand was put at 77 per
cent and 70 per cent respectively compared to the previous
highest of around 76 per cent and 63 per cent, both recorded
in the 2007 Assembly polls.
Manipur recorded a 82 per cent voter turnout compared to
84 per cent in the previous polls.