Delhi witnesses 50.03% turnout

Delhi witnesses 50.03% turnout
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First Published: Thu, May 07 2009. 08 37 PM IST
Updated: Thu, May 07 2009. 08 37 PM IST
New Delhi: Delhi today witnessed a moderate turnout of 50.03% in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies, marking a dip of around 8% from the Assembly elections six months back.
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Nearly 1.1 crore people were eligible to vote in the seven constituencies where the political future of two union ministers Kapil Sibal and Ajay Maken was at stake.
Deputy election commissioner R Balakrishnan said the turnout in the national capital during the Lok Sabha election was 50.03%.
West Delhi constituency recorded the highest polling of 53%, while North West saw the lowest at 45%.
East Delhi came a close second to West Delhi in terms of turnout with 52.5%, followed by North East at 52%. New Delhi and Chandni Chowk witnessed 50% polling each, while South Delhi had a turnout of 48%.
The polling was incident free across the capital where about 55,000 police personnel had been mobilised to prevent any disruption of the democratic exercise.
Voting was brisk in the morning, with long queues being seen at many polling booths. However, as the temperature soared towards the afternoon, there was a dip in the turnout.
Among the first voters in the morning were president Pratibha Patil, vice president Hamid Ansari, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son and Amethi MP Rahul and daughter Priyanka.
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First Published: Thu, May 07 2009. 08 37 PM IST