Aurangabad: At around 61.85%, the polling percentage for Monday’s assembly elections in the rain-deficient Latur district was amongst the lowest in the eight districts of Marathwada . Osmanabad district, another rain-scarce area, has also reported relatively lower voter turnout of 63.56%, revealed the data provided by the Election Commission.
The monsoon-deficiency in Latur is still about 27%, while in Osmanabad the deficit is the highest in Marathwada at 32%. There is only about a week left for the end of the current rainy season as per official parameters.
Beed district, which has a considerable deficit of 23%, has recorded a somewhat better voter turnout of 68.01%. Amongst other districts, Parbhani has registered 68.92% voter turnout, followed by Hingoli (68.73%), Jalna (67.07%), Nanded (66.65%) and Aurangabad (65.92%). Election officials from some of the districts said the vote compilation to arrive at the final poll figures was continuing on Tuesday evening.
Authorities reported a slightly lower voter turnout in the region when compared to the 2014 assembly polls. They said it was in keeping with the state-level trend and the reasons behind the low turnout will be looked into.
“Some monsoon deficient areas in Marathwada have witnessed relatively lower voter turnout when compared to other parts of the region. The booth-wise polling details will be analysed soon to ascertain whether the rainfall actually had any impact on the polling percentage,” officials from the revenue department said.
Officials, however, added that the average polling percentage in Marathwada was more than the state average, which was pegged at 61.20% as per the initial count.
Continuing the annual pattern, several assembly constituencies (ACs) in the rural areas witnessed a higher polling percentage that the urban areas.
In Aurangabad district, three assembly constituencies falling within the city limits and its outskirts reported the lowest polling percentage among the total of nine constituencies. Aurangabad Central reported lowest of around 60.12% voter turnout, followed by Aurangabad West (61.32%) and Aurangabad East (61.75%). In the rural areas, Sillod reported the highest with 74.83% turnout, whereas Gangapur observed the lowest with 61.18%. In Paithan, the polling was 72.30%, followed by Phulambri (70.15%), Kannad (69.24%) and Vaijapur (63.09%).
Meanwhile, the election machinery has geared up for the counting of votes on Thursday. The counting of votes for Aurangabad Central will take place at the Government ITI at Osmanpura, while the Government Engineering College will serve as the venue for counting of votes for Aurangabad West. The counting of votes for Aurangabad East is scheduled at Home Guard office at N-12, a release said.