New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hours after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal questioned the delay in release of the final figures of the Delhi Assembly Elections, the Election Commission declared that 62.59 per cent final turnout was recorded in the assembly polls in the national capital.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday evening, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said that the highest voter turnout was recorded in Ballimaran assembly constituency at 71.6 per cent while the lowest voter turnout was recorded in Delhi Cantonment at 45.4 per cent.

He defended the delay in the release of the final figures, saying that the scrutiny of the ballots took time as the schedule for the scrutiny was different in all the constituencies in Delhi.

“Voter turnout data is submitted by returning officers who were busy throughout the night, then they became busy in scrutiny. It has taken a little bit of time but, in data entry, it is very important to ensure accuracy,” Singh, quoted by news agency ANI, said.

“Moreover this huge exercise was in continuation of sealing of strong rooms which went on till 3 am. The conclusive data which is reports from all 13,000 polling station and as I said starts from scratch, takes time but in case, it was not ready,” he added.

Earlier in the day, AAP chief and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that it was ‘absolutely shocking’ that even a day after the assembly polls in the national capital, the EC has not released the final turnout percentage of the polls.

“Absolutely shocking. What is EC doing? Why are they not releasing poll turnout figures, several hours after polling?” he tweeted.

The polling for the 70-member assembly constituency in Delhi were held on Saturday. The Exit polls on Saturday predicted an easy win for the AAP, which sought to retain power on development plank, against the BJP that ran an aggressive campaign centered around the issues of anti-CAA protests and nationalism.

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