india sees a surge in voter turnout

All the five states that went to polls over the past month, and whose results will be announced on Sunday, have seen an increase in voter turnout. While Rajasthan has recorded the highest jump of 9%, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have posted an increase of 4.5% and 3.5% respectively. Political parties have attributed this higher turnout variously to anti-incumbency or enthusiasm for their candidates and policies, but other factors have also been at work. The first of these is the sterling work done by the Election Commission to ensure a higher voter turnout. The second is the wider recognition among voters and candidates that these polls are more closely fought than previous ones — and, therefore, every vote could indeed count.


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