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Gujarat polled 68%, say final EC figures

Rutam Vora Ahmedabad | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on December 15, 2017
Voters stand in queue to cast their ballot in the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Photo: Vijay Soneji

Numbers better than voting in 2002, 2007; Narmada records 79% polling



The Election Commission on Friday released the final figures for the Gujarat elections with voter turnout for both phases at 68.41 per cent, nearly three percentage-points lower than the 71.34 per cent recorded in the 2012 polls.

The second phase of voting, which concluded on Thursday, registered an overall voter turnout of 69.99 per cent, higher than the first phase of polling (66.75 per cent).

Moderate polling

Notably, the polling figures for the 2017 elections is considered moderate in comparison with the previous Assembly polls in 2002, 2007 and 2012.

In 2002, the overall voter turnout stood at 61.54 per cent; at 59.77 per cent in 2007; and at 71.34 per cent in 2012, when the State’s electorate turned up in huge numbers to vote for then chief minister Narendra Modi, as he was widely tipped to be made the prime ministerial candidate if he won a third successive term.

Highest, lowest

According to the EC data for the 2017 elections, the highest voting was seen in Narmada district (79.15 per cent), followed by Tapi (78.56 per cent) and Banaskantha (75.25 per cent); the lowest poll percentages were reported in Devbhumi Dwarka district (59.39 per cent) followed by Amreli (61.29 per cent) and Bhavnagar (61.56 per cent).

Of the 4.35 crore electors in the State, 2.97 crore exercised their franchise to elect from the total 1,828 candidates in the fray.

Published on December 15, 2017
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