Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – may get affected due to long weekend during Lok Sabha polls 2019.  While the voter turnout may be less in Karnataka, the situation may not be the same in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Election dates – Voter turnout :

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka :

Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Voter turnout – Bengaluru

Karnataka will vote in the Lok Sabha Elections in two phases – on April 18 and April 23.  Elections will be held on the same day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

The poll schedule will clash with the extended weekend as many government holidays falls between April 17 and 23. 

The Big question is will this result in low voter turnout?

Will holiday affect voter turnout?

April 17th is Mahavir Jayanti, April 19 is Good Friday which will be followed by the Easter weekend (April 20th and 21st.

The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th, the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are working. 

According to Karnataka BJP leader S. Suresh Kumar, “the voter turnout could be less due to the number of holidays.  Bengaluru had low voter turnout and it has not improved.  With so many holidays in between the elections, people are likely to go for a vacation”.

Request  from party :

According to the BJP leader S.Suresh Kumar, the BJP has requested the Central leadership and the Election Commission to reconsider about the election dates for Karnataka as the State is notorious for low voter turnout during extended holidays.

During the Assembly Elections of 2018, only 54.76% voted  in the city of Bengaluru. 

Awareness – Voter turnout :

The election commission will be conducting awareness among the residents of Bengaluru.  The Commission is planning radio talk, TV shows and street plays to create awareness. 

According to the BBMP, the Bengaluru city has 8881066 voters.  The BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath is the District Election Officer (DEO), According to him out of 8881066 voters 4632900 are male and 4248166 are female voters.

Numbers game – voter turnout :

Lok Sabha Constituencies in Bengaluru :

Bengaluru North

Bengaluru South

Bengaluru Central

The total number of voters are 8881066 out of which 4632900 are male voters and 4248166 are female voters.  142048 applications have been received for the revision of electoral rolls.

The Bengaluru city will have 8514 polling booths and 42000 electoral staff with 1600 sensitive booths.

Voters names deleted :

Since October 2018, the total number of voters has come down.  There were 8957064 voters in the Bengaluru city as on 10th October 2018. 

As on 16th January 2019, the number has reduced by around 76000 voters.  These voters were deleted from the list.

According to N. Manjunath Prasad, “the reason for the decrease  in number is the extensive scrutiny of the voters list. After identifying voters who have passed away and those who have shifted from the city, the numbers have come down”.

Previous voting turnout records :

In 2014 Parliament polls, the BJP won 17 seats in Karnataka, Congress 9 seats and JD(S)  2 seats.

In the 2018 assembly elections in the Karnataka State, the Congress got 38% of the Vote share, the BJP 36% and the JD(S) 18%.  The corresponding vote share of the parties in 2014 Lok Sabha elections were 41%, 43% and 11% respectively.

The Southern States with Karnataka account for 131 Lok Sabha seats.

Walk to vote :

It is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.


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