Hyderabad: The stage is all set for Telangana election verdict as counting of the vote is scheduled December 11. But the NIZAM CITY, that has the best variety of assembly constituencies from the state, recorded the lowest turnout of voters among all thirty-one districts. the overall polling proportion altogether of Hyderabad’s fifteen seats was recorded below 50%.
It seems the intense campaign prior to Telangana assembly election, appeals by eminent voters and presence of celebrities in queues throughout polling did not motivate the voters of Hyderabad district to come out for balloting.
why is it like this? despite this was the first independent assembly election after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The youngest state, where the voter turnout in Hyderabad is 48.89% compared to 53% in 2014 and 58% in 2009. This may be noted that this time the figure is the lowest ever since polls were held 1949 when Hyderabad was liberated from the Nizams and with just over 40% voters in the Old City.
Is it the Scheduled day of Election, one amongst the main reasons? Polling was scheduled for December 7 that was a Friday. According to some experts, it is possible that there was a low turnout, especially in old city because the polling was on a Friday.
For Muslim Friday i.e Namaz E Jummah and is a very important day for prayers. Other reason may be the extended weekend as Poll day was declared an official holiday.
Or It may be a preplanned Political game to choose Dec 7 as a day of polling without even assuming the sensitiveness of the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition observed as Black Day on Dec 6. According to the political analyst, there are high chances that the GOVT will return to power if voter turnout is less in certain areas.
Instead of solid campaign and awareness, lowest turn out of voters in the youngest state left us with so many ifs and buts.