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According to the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) voter turnout app, the total turnout in Delhi was recorded at 61% till 10:20 PM. The turnout data on the app is tentative and the final figures may be marginally different. A total of 1.47 crore people were eligible to vote in Delhi.
This was the first time since 1998 when Delhi witnessed a drop in voter turnout over a previous assembly election. In 1998, the capital had recorded a voter turnout of just 48.99 per cent which was a sharp decline of more than 12 percentage points from 61.75 per cent. In 2015, voter turnout was 67 per cent.
What is the issue with voter turnout?
Delhi witnessed a very slow voting day on February 8 as by 6.30 PM, only 55.18 per cent voter turnout was reported. Voting picked up momentum after 6 PM. The final figure that has been offered by the election commission is 61.43 per cent, which was recorded at 22.17 PM. But the figure is what the mobile application is also showing — not the official one.