TN election: Rise in Covid cases behind low voter turnout in Chennai?

Chennai: Increasing Covid-19 cases in recent weeks could be one of the reasons for the low voter turnout in Chennai and surrounding areas, feel analysts.

At the same time, they also point out that Chennaiites have the habit of not turning up to the polling booths in large numbers. ‘Traditionally, Chennai’s voting percentage has been less,’ they say.

About 72 per cent of the total 6.29 crore electorate cast their ballots, as the single phase polling to elect the 234-member 16th Tamilnadu Assembly and the bypoll to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat, passed off peacefully.

Quoting provisional figures, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo told reporters that 71.79 percentage of polling was recorded during the polling, which began at 7 am in more than 88,000 booths, ended at 7 pm, an extension of one hour in view of the Covid pandemic.

He said the final percentage is likely to go up and will be announced around midnight after receipt of reports from all the districts, as those who turned up at the polling booths after 1900 hrs, were issued tokens and will be allowed to cast their vote.

The polling percentage this year might be marginally less when compared to 2011 Assembly polls during which 78.01 per cent turn out reported and could cross 74.24 per cent reported in the last polls in 2016.


NT Bureau