‘Unusual & worrying’: EC finally reveals turnout figures for phase 1 & 2; opposition sees red

Unusual & worrying

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Unusual & worrying : Earlier, the Election Commission used to release the final data of voting percentage immediately after the polling or within 24 hours, says Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

The Opposition has questioned the Election Commission over the delay in announcing the final voter turnout figures for the first two phases of the Lok Sabha polls. The phase of the election was held on April 19. Unusual & worrying

“This is the first time that even after 11 days of the first phase of polling and four days after the second phase, the Election Commission has not released the final data of voting percentage. Earlier, the Election Commission used to release the final data of voting percentage immediately after the polling or within 24 hours,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X. Unusual & worrying

According to him, the website only shows the total number of voters in a state and the number of voters in each booth.

While the first phase recorded a turnout of 66.14%, the second phase recorded a figure of 66.71%, the poll panel said. However, the panel did not release the total number of voters in each constituency. Unusual & worrying

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury observed that the figures are “substantially, not marginally as is normal, higher than the initial figures”.  “… But why are the absolute numbers of voters in each Parliamentary constituency not put out? Percentages are meaningless unless this figure is known.  Apprehensions of manipulation of results continue as total voter numbers can be altered at the time of counting,” Yechury posted on X. Unusual & worrying

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