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More votes polled in rural areas, S Delhi had lowest turout

Rural Delhi came out in large numbers to vote compared to people in urban settlements as an overall 55 to 58 per cent of the 1.15 crore electorate exercised their franchise in the the first election to the three new municipal bodies.

State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta, quoting initial reports, said voting percentage in rural areas was much higher than the urban localities in the first polls for the three new municipalities.

Citing example, he said, 62 per cent electorate in Chhawla near Najafgarh, a rural settlement, exercised their franchise while the polling percentage in Vasant Vihar and Malvya Nagar was 43 and 22 respectively.

New Ashok Nagar, a rural area in East Delhi also recorded an impressive 65 per cent polling compared to Patparganj, an urban locality recorded only 28 per cent voter turnout.

Mehta said trends show that the highest turnout was in East Delhi corporation followed by North Delhi. South Delhi Corporation registered the lowest voter turn out.

"As per the trend, polling percentage was much higher in rural areas than in urban localities," Mehta said.

Mehta said the exact percentage of polling as well as break-ups of each of the three new municipalities would be known only by tomorrow morning.

According to the State Election Commission, the North Delhi Corporation has the highest number of voters at 44,58,158 voters, including 24.86 lakh men and 19.70 lakh women.

South Delhi Corporation has a total of 43,18,788 voters -- 24.37 lakh men and 18.79 lakh women while East Delhi has 27,43,562 voters -- 15.18 lakh men and 12.24 lakh women.

South and North Corporations have 104 each wards while East has 64 ward.

Around 63.25-66.70 lakh lakh voters exercised their franchise this time compared to 42.35 crore voters out of a total of around 99 lakh-strong electorate in 2007. If the polling percentage touches 60 per cent, then the figure will rise to 69 lakh.
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