Lok Sabha Election: Accurate figures of two phase voting released, opposition raised questions on Election Commission

A day after the Election Commission of India (ECI) released the final voting percentage of the first two phases, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the sudden jump in voting percentage in the latest Election Commission data is worrying. Addressing an election rally in Farakka, Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said there was a possibility of manipulation in the results by the Bharatiya Janata Party as many EVMs were missing. This comes after the Election Commission (EC) released the final voter turnout data for the first two phases of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, which saw over 66 per cent turnout in both phases.

Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said that after a completely unacceptable delay of 11 days after the first phase and 4 days after the second phase, the Election Commission finally released the voting percentage data. But, two issues have emerged in the latest data released by the Commission -1. The number of registered voters in each Lok Sabha constituency and the assembly constituencies falling within those Lok Sabha constituencies have not been released by the Commission along with the voting data, as is usually done. 2. Details of not only the voting percentage but also the number of votes cast – as is usually made available by the Election Commission – are not yet available.

He said such data are necessary for comparison over time. The Commission’s failure to release voting data in a single format goes against this basic objective. It can only be hoped that political games are not being played with such data.

Compared to previous polling figures, the final voter turnout data released by the election body shows an increase of 3-4 per cent. The Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Trinamool Congress on Tuesday slammed the Election Commission over the long delay in announcing the final voting percentage figures for the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections, 11 days after the first round of voting on April 19. Questioned. According to the data, 66.14 per cent of those eligible to vote exercised their franchise in the first phase (April 19), while the figure for the second phase (April 26) was 66.71 per cent.

In the first phase of voting, the poll panel said male turnout was 66.22 per cent, female (66.07 per cent) and third gender (31.32 per cent) and the total turnout was 66.14 per cent, while the respective figures in the second phase were 66.99 per cent, 66.42 per cent and 23.86 per cent. . The Election Commission has also released state-wise and parliamentary constituency-wise voter figures for both phases of voting. The poll panel said the data is also regularly updated on the voter turnout app, as is updated in the IT system through Form 17C by the returning officers.

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