Voting Figures In Punjab Erratic, Big Drop In Areas That Chose AAP

Punjab Assembly Elections 2022: The voting figures in Punjab this time have turned out to be 4.3% more than the tentative figures declared by the EC (Election Commission) yesterday. The provisional turnout figure at the end of Sunday’s voting was 65.32% and the revised turnout figure announced today was 69.65%.

These figures also reveal that the turnout was particularly low in areas where AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) claimed to have a solid support base. The constituencies that had sittings AAP MLAs have all shown a dip in polling, ranging from 2.3% to more than 9%.

The voting figures have seen a drop of 2.3%, 4%, 4.4% in Talwandi Sabo, Kotkapura, Dirba respectively. The corresponding figure in Barnala is 6.6 percent, Sunam 5.4%, Mehal Kalan 9.4 percent, Budhlada 6.2%, and in Jagraon it is down by 9.8%.

The polling recorded in the state was 65.14% in 2002, 75.42% in 2007, 78.3% in 2012, and 77.36% in 2017.

Amritsar West and Gidderbaha in Muktsar district recorded the lowest and highest voter turnout of 55.40% and 84.93% respectively.

Conventional wisdom suggests that a low voting figure is indicative of a status quo, whereas a higher turnout indicates a change. This year, all the parties in the fray have claimed a wave in their favor.