Delhi Assembly Election 2020: EC says 62.59 percent final voter turnout, refutes allegations of delay in releasing data

 Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh announced-

The final voter turnout in the Delhi Assembly elections held on Saturday was 62.59 percent, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh announced in a press briefing on Sunday evening. Election Commission officials also denied that there was an unusual delay in releasing the voter turnout data and said that it was important to ensure accuracy.

“The final voter turnout was recorded at 62.59 per cent,” Singh said, adding that the figure is lower than the previous Assembly election by five percent. In the 2015 Assembly polls, Delhi had recorded a voter turnout of 67.47 percent.

Singh’s remarks came after Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal questioned the “delay” by the Election Commissioner in giving the final voter turnout figure for the Assembly polls, and said it was suspicious and asked if the poll panel was waiting for BJP office’s nod.

Election Commission-

The Election Commission had on 2 February shunted out Delhi’s southeast DCP Chinmoy Biswal, citing the “ongoing situation” in the area, after incidents of firing at Shaeen Bagh and Jamia Nagar.

Saxena also added that repolling was not required in 69 of the 70 seats, with reports from Karol Bagh yet to be received.

 

Exit polls on Saturday predicted an easy win for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which sought to retain power on development plank, against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that ran an aggressive campaign centred around the issues of anti-CAA protests and nationalism.

When asked about the charges of EVM tampering levied by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh, the Delhi CEO denied that any such tampering had taken place. He said that the machines in question were reserved machines which had not been used for polling. He added that the EVMs were later opened in the presence of the concerned candidates to their satisfaction.

Responding to allegations of an “undue delay” in releasing the polling data, Singh said that the returning officers were busy with scrutiny to ensure data accuracy, which took a little bit of time. Sandeep Saxena, Deputy Election Commissioner added that there was no delay as such and there have been instances  in the past when the voter turnout data has been released the next day.

Trying to ally all the fears as expressed by a section of political parties over delay in releasing the final voting figures, Ranbir Singh said “they did not want to speculate and wanted to give exact figures”.

“So, returning officers worked throughout the night to check data to ensure it is accurate,” Singh said while asserting that the delay was not unusual, and that the work was done in good time.

He said there were more than 13,700 polling stations in the national capital and they had to add data from each station and ensure that every vote is accounted for.