New Delhi, Jan 9 : The final voter turnout for Delhi Assembly polls was 62.59 per cent, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Delhi Ranbir Singh said here on Sunday. Rejecting the allegation of the Aam Aadmi Party that the Election Commission was delaying the announcement of final figure of voter turnout, the CEO said, "The process take time.
We wanted to share a exact data with you. Our officer worked till late night, then they became busy in scrutiny the data. In the data entry, it is very important to ensure accuracy." The CEO informed that the polling went till late night at some booths. He said that the Delhi Cantt seat saw the lowest turnout of 45.4 per cent, while Ballimaran in old Delhi witnessed the highest, at 71.66 per cent of voters. Okhla Assembly constituency, where Shaheen Bagh is located--an epicenter of anti-CAA protest, saw 58.84 per cent turnout.
Earlier in the day, AAP leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal termed the delay 'absolutely shocking'. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked why the poll body was not releasing the voter percentage. Addressing the media, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said, "When the Lok Sabha elections were held with ballot papers, even then the percentage of votes used to be known in one hour, now the technology has gone so far, yet the EC has not issued the final poll percentage." Sandeep Saksena, Deputy Election Commissioner, who was also present during the press conference, said, "There was 13,780 polling stations. Residing officers needs time to complile the data. This process take time. In 2015 too, we released the final data on next day." The Delhi went to polls on Saturday to elect its seventh Assembly. (UNI)