Free Press Journal

58.26 per cent turnout recorded in Varanasi


Varanasi: A record turnout of 58.26 per cent was registered in yesterday’s Lok Sabha election in Varanasi from where BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal are pitted in a high-profile contest.

From a mere 46 per cent in 2009, the temple city saw a 12 per cent jump in the turnout in the most eagerly watched poll battle in the country.

The city also saw a record 42 candidates contesting for the Lok Sabha seat.

District election officials today visited the strongrooms in Paharia area here to take stock of the situation. Strong security, including paramilitary force besides CCTV cameras, have been deployed in and around the area.

The district election officer cum district magistrate, Pranjal Yadav also held a review meeting with election officials at the counting centre, where counting of votes will take place on May 16.

The polling was conducted yesterday in a peaceful manner here, and the highest turnout of 60.80 percent was registered in Sewapuri assembly constituency whereas the lowest turnout of 55.33 per cent was registered in Varanasi North assembly constituency, a poll official said.

A total of 10,28,763, including 5,93,212 male and 4,35,541 female, votes were polled in the city, the official said, adding that 60.23 per cent of men and 55.76 per cent of women in the city exercised their franchise.