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Mumbai records 52.4% voter turnout in 2024 elections | Mumbai News

Mumbai: Mumbai is known for Bollywood and its billionaires – and infamous for its disinterest in voting. Since the liberalization of 1991, turnout rates have been abysmally low; they languished in the low to mid 40s in five of the eight LS elections, barely crossing the 50% threshold twice. In 2019, turnout was 55.4%, which was as spectacular as it could get, let alone paled in comparison to the 70-80% turnout in other parts of the country. So, based on his own data, 2024 should be considered eminently respectable – 52.4% on Monday at 11:30 pm, the second highest turnout after liberalization. Especially considering the sweltering heat and the election date coinciding with the school holidays. Moreover, in 2019, Mumbai voted on April 29, almost a month earlier. Middle classes in the western suburbs and some eastern areas – such as Borivli, Dahisar, Mulund and Ghatkopar – recorded turnout much higher than the overall average, but they were still lower than the turnout in 2019. A few things never change in all the hustle and bustle us. South Mumbai, home to the country’s richest industrialists, remained at its apathetic best (or worst) level, recording – again – the lowest turnout, of 47.7%, in the city. Mumbai North, where high-profile Union minister Piyush Goyal contested, came out on top with 55.2%, just like five years ago. In Mumbai North East, where BJP’s Mihir Kotecha faced Sena’s (UBT) Sanjay Dina Patil amid a Marathi-Gujarati divide, the voter turnout was 53.8%. Within the assembly segments, Mulund recorded the highest turnout (59.6%), followed by Borivli and Mahim. (58%) and Dahisar (57.2%). The lowest turnout was reported from Colaba (36%), which includes the Cuffe Parade and is located at the southern tip of the island city. Dharavi (46.8%) and Sion-Koliwada (48.2%) were also low.

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