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April 24, 2009

Voter turnout in Bangalore – about 50%

Filed under: indian elections — neosurya @ 18:21

Bengaluru has shown the door to participation by its’ pathetic turnout in elections (About 50%, Blr south: 44.73%, Blr Central: 45.25% as reported here). This, despite the media glare and the calls by who-is-who to “young voters”. The reaction is reflected in some of the articles and blogs here [1, 2, 3]. Previous year’s voter turnout in Bangalore was 49.36%, as reported here. Twelve villages in Karnataka have decided to boycott elections [1], [2], [3] (A village in WB did the same). Now, this protest is very different from not coming out for elections. Voters in Bangalore have clearly chickened out.

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)N Gopalaswami is also concerned that urban voters are the ones with the least turnout.

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