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Historic voter turnout in Rajasthan Assembly polls at 75.27 per cent

PTI | December 02, 2013, 17.12 pm IST
A villager casts his vote at a polling station during Rajasthan state assembly elections at Hokra village near Ajmer. -PTI
A villager casts his vote at a polling station during Rajasthan state assembly elections at Hokra village near Ajmer. -PTI

Jaipur: Rajasthan districts bordering Pakistan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab recorded an increase in voter turnout in the Assembly polls which witnessed a historic turnout of 75.2 per cent.

The state's highest ever recorded turnout far exceeded 2008 Assembly poll's 66.39 per cent turnout.

Jaisalmer recorded 85.26 per cent polling, Hanumangarh- 84.93 per cent, Ganganagar- 83.93 per cent, Banswara- 81.62 per cent, Chittorgarh- 81.44 per cent, Jhalawar- 80.63 per cent, Pratapgarh- 80.14 per cent, Baran- 78.35 per cent, Dholpur-77.25 per cent, Churu- 76.98 per cent, Alwar- 77.49 per cent and Bikaner- 75.65 per cent, according to Chief Electoral Officers' final tally on Monday.

Pali recorded a minimum poll turnout of 66.23 per cent followed by Sirohi 69.59 per cent. Out of over 4.08 crore voters, over 3.01 cr voters have exercised their franchise.

Female voter turnout (75.33 per cent) was more than male voters (75.03 per cent). 939 blind voters used brail signeage facility and 16,688 other blind persons cast votes with the help of their companions.

As per EC statistics, voters turnout as compared to 2008 elections has increased in 31 out of 33 districts in the state.

The 14th State Legislative Assembly polls were held in 199 out of 200 constituencies in 33 districts of the state in which poll fortune of 2087 candidates, including Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and BJP state President Vasundhara Raje, was sealed in EVMs.

The polling went off peacefully except for some police firing in the air at a few places to restore calm.

A pick up van was also set ablaze and reports of attempt to capture a booth and malfunctioning of EVMs were reported from some places, officials said.

Polling in Churu constituency was adjourned following BSP candidate Jagdish Meghwal's death and it would be held on December 13. The counting of votes would take place on Decmeber 8.

Following is Rajasthan assembly's final poll percentage district-wise:

1. Ganganagar-83.93 per cent

2. Hanumangarh- 84.93 per cent

3. Bikaner- 75.65 per cent

4. Churu- 76.98 per cent

5. Jhunjhunu- 73.79 per cent ]

6. Sikar- 74.41 per cent

7. Jaipur- 74.24 per cent

8. Alwar 77.49 per cent

9. Bharatpur- 72.31 per cent

10.Dholpur- 77.25 per cent

11.Kaurali- 68.93 per cent

12.Dausa- 74.79 per cent

13.Sawaimadhopur- 71.12 per cent

14.Tonk- 73.04 per cent

15.Ajmer- 74.10 per cent

16.Nagaur 73.23 per cent

17.Pali- 66.23 per cent

18. Jodhpur- 71.39 per cent

19.Jaisalmer- 85.26 per cent

20.Barmer- 77.62 per cent

21. Jalore- 70.50 per cent

22. Sirohi- 69.59 per cent

23.Udaipur- 74.02 per cent

24.Dungapur- 75.44 per cent

25.Banswara- 81.62 per cent

26 Chittoregarh- 81.44 per cent

27.Rajsamand- 74.47 per cent

28.Bhilwara- 76.89 per cent

29.Bundi- 76.29 per cent

30.Kota-  75.29 per cent

31.Baran- 78.35 per cent

32.Jhalawar- 80.63 per cent

33.Pratapgarh- 80.14 per cent.

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