Voting for the second time in less than a year, Delhi outmatched itself with a turnout of 67.14 per cent to the 66.02 per cent of 2013.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the turnout had dipped to 65.01 per cent. Calling the polls “a great success”, chief electoral officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said in absolute numbers, approximately 89 lakh people of the 1.33 crore voted, compared to 78 lakh of the 1.19 crore in 2013.
The turnout for New Delhi constituency, where AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is contesting, dropped to 64.28 from 66.66 per cent.
In contrast, in Krishna Nagar, where Kiran Bedi is contesting, the turnout jumped from 67.82 to 71.97 per cent.
Delhi Cantonment, won by the AAP in 2013, clocked just 58.47 per cent this time.
Down from 60 per cent in 2013, this seat clocked the lowest turnout. The highest turnout was at Gokalpur with 73.46 per cent, up from 71.55 per cent.
Among the districts, North East, with eight seats, had the highest turnout at near 70 per cent. Here, in 2013, the AAP had only won one seat — Seemapuri.
New Delhi with seven seats had the lowest turnout among the districts at 64.16 per cent. In 2013, the AAP had won six of the seven seats in this district.
Purvanchali-dominated outer seats, Kirari and Burari, recorded 65.18 per cent and 66.16 per cent, respectively, each up a point since 2013.
In 2013, the BJP had won Kirari with the highest margin.
Jat-dominated Assemblies Narela and Bijwasan recorded 65.72 per cent and 63.02 per cent, again higher than last time.
Muslim-dominated Seelampur had among the highest jumps, 71.62 per cent from 68.33.
Of other Muslim-dominated constituencies, Chandni Chowk’s turnout was unchanged at 65 per cent, while Ballimaran’s dropped marginally from 67.32 per cent to 66.76 per cent.
The communally sensitive Trilokpuri recorded 71.57 per cent, up from 69 per cent.
“By and large, this election was peaceful,” CEO Chandra Bhushan Kumar said.
Of the 28,000 electronic voting machines used during this election, 21 were replaced after “minor issues” developed.
The turnout in 15 of the 70 constituencies was above 70 per cent. Five of these — Mangolpuri, Madipur, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar and Janakpuri — were in the West district, which overall witnessed a 68.70 per cent turnout.