The present Legislative Assembly elections in Delhi were held on 8 February 2020 for the election of 70 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly. As per Election Commission This year the Voters turnout was recorded at 62.59, which is 4.88% less than the previous assembly election in Delhi yet 2% more than the 2019 Indian General election in Delhi.
This year nearly 1.46 crore voters were eligible to cast their franchise in the Delhi Assembly elections. There were 13,780 polling booths where the voters exercised their votes for the current legislative assembly to decide the fate of 672 candidates. Opinion polls in January February and Exit polls on Saturday, February 8, 2020, had predicted an easy win for the AAP against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress.
Even the counting of voting results released by Election Commission of India confirmed landslide victory for AAP against BJP, Congress and other parties. However, the BJP has gained some seats as against 2015 when AAP had won elections after securing 67 seats. meanwhile, congress is not leading in any of the 70 Assembly seats.
According to Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh, there are over 81 lakh male voters, 66.80 lakh female voters, and 869 third-gender voters. Around 2.33 lakh voters are in the age group of 18-19, 2.04 lakh voters are senior citizens aged 80, while there are 11,608 service voters. North East Delhi recorded the highest turnout of 67.83 percent, while New Delhi recorded 57.11 percent, as per data available on EC’s Voter Turnout app.
Mustafabad constituency in northeast Delhi recorded 70.55 percent voter, Matia Mahal in old Delhi, recorded a voter turnout of 68.36 percent. Seelampur, another Muslim-dominated seat in northeast Delhi, recorded 71.4 percent voting. The seat had also seen anti-CAA protests in December. While as Gokalpur recorded the third-highest turnout at 69.73 percent.
Till 4 pm AAP has achieved victory in 63 seats, BJP 7 Seats and other parties with 0 seats. After the early trends of Assembly elections showed AAP in lead, Congress candidate from Vikaspuri Mukesh Sharma accepted defeat even before the final results were announced.
For present Elections, AAP had released its manifesto on 4 February 2020 with 28 key points where the much-promised Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill and Swaraj Bill that would ensure transparent and effective governance.
The Bharatiya Janata Party released its manifesto on 31 January 2020 with 18 key points, to ensure Corruption free government but their election campaign resonated on religious polarisation, support for CAA, Abrogation of Article 370, etc. Similarly, the Indian National Congress released its manifesto on 2 February 2020, with 9 key points including the Strong Lokpal, an anti-corruption authority or body for the public interest of the Republic of India. But Congress failed to woo the voters of Delhi and have failed to win any seat according to exit polls predictions.
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Going by the voter-share of political parties, the AAP’s current vote share is 53.56%, while the BJP’s is 38.78% which has increased as compared to 2015 which was 32%. Congress is in third place with just 4.25%, which ironically had ruled Delhi for 15 years.
The Delhi elections 2020 is definitely going to be remembered for days altogether, where the voters have voted for regional issues, that matters them in their everyday life keeping aside the polarised issues