Further, “62.59% was the overall turnout on Feb 7. The same will be announced at a press conference by Election Commission later in the evening”, who did not want to be identified, stated the EC official.
— ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2020
Following the inputs, Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Feb 8 questioned why the EC has not released the final voting percentage even after over 22 hours since the polling ended on Feb 7.
The voting ended at 6 p.m. on Feb 7, however, due to long queues at some booths, more time was given so that those in line can exercise their rights. Thus, The turnout in 2015 Assembly elections was 67.12%.
This was from ECI Spokesperson. Must be taken as authentic and final. https://t.co/wY1MparsSv
— Dr. S.Y. Quraishi (@DrSYQuraishi) February 9, 2020
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh stated that, “there is a shortfall of five per cent with respect to the previous assembly elections”. However, the questions around the percentage of votes in the ‘First-past-the-Post system’ remain in headlines.
Despite all of this, Exit polls on Feb 7 predicted an easy win for the AAP, which sought to retain power on development plank, against the BJP that ran an aggressive campaign centred around the issues of anti-CAA protests and nationalism.
Author: Trilok Singh is with CEO here.