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Congress� concern over low voter turnout

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 19 � Expressing concern over the low voter turnout in the elections to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the Congress party today said such low level of participation in the poll process is not good for a democratic society.

�The voters of Guwahati are educated and all the parties have left no stone�s unturned to build up a massive campaign during the run-up to the polls. The low voter turnout is not a good sign. We urge the voters of Guwahati to turn out in greater numbers in future elections,� Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) spokesman Kishor Bhattacharyya said.

Bhattacharyya added, �The society�s future will be hurt if democratic processes are discarded and the democratic spirit is not present among the people.�

The party, however, discounted the suggestion that the low voter turnout is on account of people�s disenchantment with the Congress, which is also the ruling party.

�It is general phenomenon and has nothing to do with any party. If some of our supporters have stayed at home, same is the case with supporters of other parties,� Bhattacharyya said.

Senior APCC leader and chairman of the party�s media cell�Dr Haren Das said the city had earlier witnessed similar low turnouts during past elections to the Assembly and Parliament as well. �It is unfortunate. The turnout should be more.�

APCC spokesman Mehdi Alam Bora said that �voter behaviour is a subject of study� �There are not ready-made answers as to why the turnout has been so low,� he said.

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Congress� concern over low voter turnout

GUWAHATI, June 19 � Expressing concern over the low voter turnout in the elections to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the Congress party today said such low level of participation in the poll process is not good for a democratic society.

�The voters of Guwahati are educated and all the parties have left no stone�s unturned to build up a massive campaign during the run-up to the polls. The low voter turnout is not a good sign. We urge the voters of Guwahati to turn out in greater numbers in future elections,� Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) spokesman Kishor Bhattacharyya said.

Bhattacharyya added, �The society�s future will be hurt if democratic processes are discarded and the democratic spirit is not present among the people.�

The party, however, discounted the suggestion that the low voter turnout is on account of people�s disenchantment with the Congress, which is also the ruling party.

�It is general phenomenon and has nothing to do with any party. If some of our supporters have stayed at home, same is the case with supporters of other parties,� Bhattacharyya said.

Senior APCC leader and chairman of the party�s media cell�Dr Haren Das said the city had earlier witnessed similar low turnouts during past elections to the Assembly and Parliament as well. �It is unfortunate. The turnout should be more.�

APCC spokesman Mehdi Alam Bora said that �voter behaviour is a subject of study� �There are not ready-made answers as to why the turnout has been so low,� he said.

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