New Delhi: What started as a show of sheer unwillingness to exercise voting rights early on Saturday gained a little momentum in the evening and finally, Delhi recorded 61.46 per cent voter turnout. In 2015, Delhi recorded 67.47 per cent voter turnout. The voting percentage was 57.04 till 6 pm deadline, and rose to 61.46 per cent as those in queues at polling stations were allowed to vote, poll officials said, adding it may increase further.

The officials said Mustafabad (66.29 per cent), Matia Mahal (65.62 per cent) and Seelampur (64.92 per cent) — all three with large Muslim population — recorded the highest voting percentage till 5 pm.

Long queues were seen outside polling stations in areas like Jaffrabad, Jamia Nagar, Turkman Gate and Shaheen Bagh which have been witnessing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

In the 11 districts in the national capital, northeast recorded 65.24 per cent, northwest (62.23 per cent), south (59.65 per cent), central (58.57 per cent), southwest 61.57 (per cent), east (61.29 per cent), west (61.79 per cent), north (57.19 per cent), New Delhi (56.10 per cent), Shahadra (62.96 per cent), southeast (54.89 per cent).

Weekend to be blamed?

A senior Delhi poll official said the lower turnout compared to 67.47 per cent in the 2015 Assembly polls could be attributed to the polling day falling on a weekend as a section of people may have gone out of the city. The voting percentage was 60.6 in 2019 Lok Sabha election.