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Self-count in halfway house

Leaders in Pune have started counting the votes they expect their parties to get in the election,rather than wait for the official counting on May 16.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
April 27, 2009 2:51:41 am

Parties assess vote share after low turnout

Leaders in Pune have started counting the votes they expect their parties to get in the election,rather than wait for the official counting on May 16. They had assessed their chances before the election but those calculations have gone haywire after the turnout failed to reach the halfway mark in any of the fours seats in the district,the lowest being in Pune.

“The election office has given us EVM-wise information from each polling station. A startling revelation is that the slums,which contribute the most in overall voting,have responded poorly,hardly 35 per cent after the normal,expected 50 per cent. Other sections of society have dominated polling,” said BJP spokesman Ujwal Keskar.

“The low turnout in slums is good news for the BJP as the Congress banks on the slum votebank. Also,votes are likely to be divided due to strong candidature of the BSP and Independents,” he said. He admitted,“Polling in pockets with BJP-Sena loyal voters too has seen a dip,but that is marginal.”

The Congress,fighting to retain the seat held by Suresh Kalmadi,is confident of a victory margin of 50,000. “Everyone is making his or her own interpretation of the turnout figures. Our study of polling has indicated a good margin for our candidate despite the low turnout,” Congress spokesman Satish Desai said.

MNS candidate Ranjit Shirole said he is yet to do a detailed analysis of the polling as he is busy campaigning for the party candidate in Mumbai. But he said the polling percentage is almost uniform throughout the six Assembly segments in Pune and it is difficult to make an accurate interpretation of the low turnout.

“Since we concentrated our efforts throughout the constituency,it will not affect the results for us. Victory is ensured,” he said,but added the exact margin is tough to predict.

The BSP said it is still trying to get the information from the election office.vanishing voters
66 lakh initially counted on in 4 seats
30 lakh actually turned out
50,000 votes is now most candidates’ predicted margin,down from 1 lakh

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