New Delhi, Nov 8: As the entire country waits for the results in the Bihar assembly elections to be declared, spare a thought for the Election Commission of India which has done a commendable job.
The EC ensured that the entire election process went off smoothly. Here are some statistics that show the amount of work done by the EC with the help of the central forces and also the state police who need to be equally commended.
While the Bihar assembly elections recorded a 56.9 per cent turn out, the highest so far, the security mechanism also ensured that voters turned up in large numbers in naxal affected belts. The naxals had called for a boycott of the elections, but the same was largely ignored and voters turned up in large numbers. ECI officials say that security was doubled in naxal hit areas to ensure that the voters turned up without fear.
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In the 2010 elections, the voter turn out was 52.6 while in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it was 55.3. Moreover this year the women polling percentage was 60.57 while in the case of men it was 53.41.
This is the highest in the history of Bihar and the EC says that there were several awareness programmes coupled with tight security at polling booths and surrounding areas which ensured such a huge turn out. Chief Election Commissioner, Nasim Zaidi said that this year there were 50 lakh women voters added when compared to 2010.
Taking into consideration that the Bihar elections this year was a matter of pride for all parties, it was expected that some party workers would go an extra mile to lure the voters.
According to statistics the cash seizures amounted to Rs 19.9 crore. The liquor seized was 6.7 lakh litres while drugs to the tune of 1,183 kilograms including cannabis and heroin were seized.
In red alert constituencies, security was particularly tight. There were around 1050 weapons seized along with 1,020 explosives. In addition to this 3,800 cartridges too were seized. There were in all 376 cases registered. In the year 2010, a total of 134 FIRs were lodged in various police stations relating to poll violence.