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India General Elections 2024: Voter turnout improves marginally in Thane, Kalyan LS seats

Updated on: 22 May,2024 07:56 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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Polling percentages recorded in these constituencies see 2.72 per cent and 4.83 per cent rise

India General Elections 2024: Voter turnout improves marginally in Thane, Kalyan LS seats

Voters at the Raja Shivaji Vidyamandir polling booth at Lokmanya Nagar in Thane West on May 20. Pic/Satej Shinde

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India General Elections 2024: Voter turnout improves marginally in Thane, Kalyan LS seats

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s bastion, Thane, on Monday witnessed a low turnout but an upward trend was witnessed as Kalyan, which is being contested by the CM’s son Shrikant Shinde, registered a 50 per cent turnout on Monday. The figures for 2009 and 2019 were a mere 34 per cent and 45 per cent respectively. Thane recorded a 52.09 per cent turnout, reflecting a similar trend. The average turnout in Thane, Kalyan and Bhiwandi was 53.92 per cent where 55.30 per cent of male voters, 52.32 per cent of female voters and 20 per cent of transgender individuals eligible to vote exercised their franchise on May 20.

Despite being the battleground where the son of the CM is in the fray, half of the residents didn’t turn up to vote at polling stations in Kalyan. As per information made available by the Election Commission of India, the constituency witnessed a little above 50 per cent voting with the Ambernath and Mumbra constituencies experiencing the lowest turnout—47 per cent and 49 per cent respectively.  But this is not the first time Kalyankars have shown little interest in the democratic process. In 2019, the voting turnout was hardly 45 per cent.

Thane also witnessed a similar trend. The seat is seeing a close fight between Shiv Sena’s Naresh Mhaske and the Sena (UBT)’s Rajan Vichare. In Bhiwandi, the polling percentage was low like earlier elections. The only exception was Palghar, which is mostly a rural area. As was the case in 2019, more than 60 per cent of voters turned up at polling stations to select their candidate.

Past voter turnouts of constituencies

2009    41.50%
2014    50.85%
2019    49.37%
2024    52.09%

2009    34.30%
2014    42.88%
2019    45.29%
2024    50.12%

2009    39.39%
2014    51.61%
2019    53.18%
2024    59.89%

2009    48.10%
2014    62.90%
2019    60.74%
2024    61.65%

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