The Assembly elections drew to a close today with another round of high turnouts. While Goa saw a record 81 per cent voters exercise their franchise,Uttar Pradesh rewrote its own voting history when 62 per cent voted in the last phase of polls,making the overall turnout (59 per cent) the highest in the state ever.
Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi pointed out that voter turnouts in Punjab (78.57 per cent),Uttarakhand (67.87 per cent),and Goa were record figures for the Assembly elections to these states. Manipur was the lone state that witnessed a dip,to 79.41 per cent from 84.83 per cent in the 2007 Assembly elections,but the CEC said this was most likely due to the strong and stringent measures adopted by the Commission to keep a check on bogus voting.
The 59 per cent overall turnout for UP is highest in the history of 16 Assembly and 15 Lok Sabha elections held in the state. The first election held after the Babri Masjid demolition had seen such high turnout,but even then it stayed at 57.13 per cent.
The EC believes higher voter awareness and increase in number of voters is behind the high turnouts.
The 2012 Assembly election is also significant because no incident of poll-related violence was reported in the entire electoral process.