LS polls: Telangana records approximate 64.93% turnout

Urban apathy saw lowest voting in Hyderabad at 46.08 percent, Bhongir highest at 76.47%

By Kaniza Garari  Published on  14 May 2024 4:21 AM GMT
LS polls: Telangana records approximate 64.93% turnout

Telangana witnessed good voting in rural areas, low voting in urban areas 

Hyderabad: Telangana recorded a voter turnout of 64.93 percent in Lok Sabha polls on May 13, 2024. The total voter turnout is slightly higher when compared to Lok Sabha 2019 elections where it was 63 percent. According to Election Commission of India issued the final tally.

The highest voting of 76.47 percent was recorded in Bhongir. The lowest of 46.08 percent was recorded in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad sees low voting

There are four parliamentary constituencies in Hyderabad and its outskirts. All these constituencies witnessed urban voter apathy.

Lowest polling happened in

Hyderabad-46.08%

Secunderabad-48.11%

Malkajgiri-50.12%

Within these MP constituencies- Malakpet in Hyderabad, Musheerabad in Secunderabad and L B Nagar in Malkajgiri recorded the lowest.

Hyderabad constituting the part of Old City with a majority of Muslim population saw the voting percentage of 46.08 percent in the final tally. It recorded the lowest voting throughout the day. People, party workers, Muftis, and BJP candidate for Hyderabad Madhavi Latha were urging people to come out and vote.

Akbaruddin Owaisi’s appeal also went viral asking people to come out and vote.

The percentage of voting at 6 pm was 39.17 percent and the data collated at 9 pm showed the final tally surging to 46.08 percent.

Secunderabad constituency also saw very low voting and the final tally was put at 48.11 percent. Malkjagiri crossed 50.12 percent and Chevella closed at 55.45 percent.

Rural versus urban voters

The voting pattern once again shows that the urban voters are not enthusiastic to vote, despite several awareness programs and campaigns by the Election Commission of India and civil society.




Apathy for voting remains a major concern

Lok Sabha elections saw local hotels, hospitals, education societies, and many other organizations offer discounts to inked fingers in the city.

There was also a large-scale involvement of masjid and temple committees to motivate people in the city to vote. Despite such a massive campaign, the turnout was not to the desired effect.

Rural belt exercises franchise

Adilabad which is a tribal zone recorded 72.96 percent turnout. Pedapalli a scheduled caste reserved seat recorded 67.88 percent turnout. Likewise, Karimnagar which has rural and urban belts recorded 72.33 percent turnout, Khammam 75.19 percent, and Mahabunagar 71.54 percent.

Total candidates

There were a total of 525 candidates contesting 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. Of them, 50 were female candidates and 475 were male.

The main contest in Telangana is between the Bharatiya Janta Party and Congress on 16 seats. In Hyderabad, the contest is between All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and BJP.

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