Dehradun: The voter turnout during the Uttarakhand polls for electing the new Legislative Assembly boasts of an increase of 3.5 percent compared to 2007 Assembly polls but the voter turnout in two diverse topographical regions presents a different story. While 90 percent of the hilly regions witnessed a decline in polling, voter turnout in the Tarai region (plains) showed an appreciable rise.

However, the major reason for the low voting trend is not just limited to the adverse climate and far off polling booths but it exposes the plight of the hilly regions facing issues like ignorance, migration and unemployment. Even after 11 years of the formation of Uttarakhand, 90 percent of the region of the state is still deprived of development. However, the credibility of the promises made by the candidates to bring about a sea change in this region remains to be seen.

There has been a steep fall in voter turnout in seven hilly towns of Chamoli, Tehri, Pauri, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Almora and Champawat as compared to state elections in 2007. Only three of them, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Nainital witnessed a slight increase in voting as compared to last polls. Uttarkashi witnessed 1.25 percent and Rudraprayag 1.05 percent rise in voter turnout whereas, in Nainital district: 55.77 percent voter turnout in Nainital and 67 percent in Bhimtal Assembly region was seen as compared to more than 70 percent voting in plains.

On the other hand, a notable increase of 10 percent was observed in Haridwar and 4 percent in Udham Singh Nagar as both the districts crossed the 75 percent mark in voting. Also, voting in Dehradun saw a rise of 10 percent.

(JPN/Bureau)