- The state goes to polls on October 21, a Monday, causing activists and election officials to worry that it may get combined with the weekend and hit voter turnouts. Voting day being a public holiday, it could give citizens a three-day weekend. It is also the beginning of the festive season, with Diwali falling on October 27. Officials said there is a trend of poor voter turnouts during such long weekends, and with Diwali round the corner, there are chances that families may head out of town.
- “People from the state, especially Mumbaikars will use the long weekend as a perfect excuse to skip polling day,” said activist Sadanand Patil, a Worli resident.
- In the 2014 assembly elections, Mumbai’s voter turnout was 52%, while voter turnout in Maharashtra was 60.3%. The voter turnout in the state during the recent Lok Sabha elections in May 2019, was 61% — much lower that the national average of 67%.
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