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India certain to record highest voter turnout

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 8:55am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

It's almost certain. India will record the highest ever voter turnout in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

With the polling percentage touching a whopping 66 per cent in the 349 constituencies that have gone to polls so far, India is set to break the voting record of 63.56 per cent of 1984. The difference between 1984 and now is that then, it was the emotional thrust of Indira Gandhi's assassination that drove voters outside the cozy comforts of their homes to cast their votes. This time, it is perhaps the feeling of getting their vote counted in the biggest fair of democracy.

Mumbaikars, too, shrugged off their apathy and polled 52.16% in the six seats, recording a handsome gain of over 10 per cent compared to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections when the figure was an abysmal 41.40 per cent.

The highest ever polling was recorded in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Manipur and Puducherry. "If the present turnout sustains, there is no doubt that the country will break the record of the highest ever voter turnout this time," said Akshay Rout, director general of the Election Commission.

Voting by and large remained peaceful barring a few incidents of violence in Kokrajhar district of Assam and boycott by voters in 12 places in UP, including Mainpuri, where SP supremo Mulayam Singh is in the fray.

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