MUMBAI: Mumbai surprised everyone by registering a record high average turnout of 55.11% on Monday. This is the highest turnout in Mumbai in three decades after the 57.7% in 1989 and much higher than the 51.6% recorded in the 2014 general elections. All the six constituencies in the business capital of the country went to polls on Monday in the fourth phase of the parliamentary elections.
However, the marquee Mumbai South constituency, where sitting Shiv Sena member of Parliament (MP) Arvind Sawant contested against Congress nominee and former MP Milind Deora, recorded a turnout of 52.15%, marginally lower than the 52.5% of 2014.
Mumbai North recorded the highest turnout of 59.32% among the Mumbai constituencies. Mumbai North East recorded 56.31%, South Central 55.35%, and North West 54.71%. Mumbai North Central recorded a 52.84% turnout.
Eleven other constituencies in the state also went to the polls in the last phase of polling in Maharashtra. However, voter turnout registered a dip with the 17 constituencies recording an average turnout of 57%, compared with the average of 62% recorded in the first three phases, state chief electoral officer Ashwani Kumar said on Monday evening. Overall, Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats have recorded an average turnout of 60.68% in the 2019 polls, slightly less than the 61.7% of 2014.
The Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency, reserved for the scheduled tribes, recorded the highest turnout of 71.98% while urban, Kalyan, registered the lowest at 44.27%, he said.
Polling went off peacefully, despite the long queues in the morning. Election Commission officials attributed this to the tendency among voters to turn up early to avoid the scorching sun in the afternoon and also to the VVPAT system, which takes 7 seconds to display the vote of each voter after it has been cast and recorded.
Celebrities, including industrialists such as Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani, who had endorsed the candidature of Milind Deora, actor Amitabh Bachchan, and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, turned up in Mumbai to exercise their franchise.
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