Odisha's Violence-hit Jajpur Records Drop In Voter Turnout in 2022 Panchayat Elections

Beset with pandemic pain, lack of jobs near home, working-age group population migrated for work from Ganjam. The district recorded lowest turnout after 2002

Violence Rears Its Ugly Head

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In the ongoing rural polls, Jajpur district has been the worst hit by poll violence and malpractices. The final voter turnout in the district during the last 2 phases shows that the polling percentage in the district has recorded a fall.

Even as the politicians across the spectrum look very excited over the ongoing Panchayat polls, the voters in the rural Ganjam look hardly amused.

Second phase voter turnout lowest since 2002.

Due to lack of employment opportunities, more in the age group of the working population had migrated to other states for employment, when the pandemic had devastated the income of a large number of households in the district

How is the josh among rural voters in Odisha? It seems mixed. Because the duo of poll violence and Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the voter turnout to a large extent in some key districts during the ongoing Panchayat elections. People choose life and employment over polling, suggests the data.

An analysis of the past election data from 2002 onwards reveals that the polling percentage or the voter turnout in the third phase elections today has been the lowest since the 2002 Panchayat polls.