Low Voter Turnout In GHMC Polls
The New Indian Express Chennai|December 02, 2020
Covid-19 scare cited as one of the reasons for public to stay away from casting their votes
R Pridhviraj

Voters lined up to cast their vote in GHMC election at Panja Sheela High School, Moosapet in Hyderabad on Tuesday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN

IN what is being seen as a depressing day for democracy, polling percentage in the election to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation(GHMC) dropped to around 43 percent on Tuesday.

That the percentage of polling should be shamefully so low came as a shocker since Hyderabad, over the years, has earned the reputation of being one of the most civilised and progressive cities in the country. Though many people blame the Covid-19 scare for the low turnout, they have no explanation as to why public meetings addressed by politicians teemed with people without masks if they really were afraid of contracting the infection.

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