Polling action on Twitter runs out of steam as voting comes to an end
Phase 7 clocked the lowest number of tweets at 1,79,369, while Phase 2 saw the highest at 2,80,256
Published - 20-May-2019
As the 2019 Lok Sabha Election came to a close on Sunday, with eight states going to polls in the seventh and final phase, the buzz on Twitter around the voting process was at its lowest.
Although there were 918 candidates from 59 constituencies in the last phase, the total number of tweets hit an all-time low. Phase 7 clocked the lowest number of tweets at 1,79,369, while Phase 2 saw the highest with the total number of tweets standing at 2,80,256. The entire election process saw close to a total of 1.6 crore tweets.
The total number of retweets also fell flat on the closing day. While the highest number of retweets in Phase 2 touched 2,28,588, in the case of Phase 7 it was just 12,440.
The trends on Twitter were in tandem with the exit poll results, which clearly suggest a victory for the BJP. The first few phases did have Rahul Gandhi or the Indian National Congress in the top five mentions on Twitter, but the last leg had no mentions of the above.
However, as per data shared by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi, the total number of hashtags created was the highest in this phase. There were 125 hashtags created just for Phase 7 with the top 5 being # Loksabhaelections2019, #Votinground7, # Exitpoll2019, #Phase7, and #Jeetegatomodihi.
The data also shows that there were 71,377 unique users in Phase 7. Though this number has been on the lower side, it isn’t the lowest in all seasons.
The top 5 tweets also had no mention of Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi or the Congress. The top 5 tweets for the day included a tweet from an architect who has close to 30,000 followers and uses ‘Chowkidar’ before her name. Her tweet was a clip from somewhere in UP where people cleaned the election ink to cast votes at multiple places.
#SundayThoughts— Chowkidar Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) 19 May 2019
Cleaning the election ink after the voting so to cast multiple votes, place somewhere in UP @ECISVEEP, do take note And ensure free and fair elections #Phase7 #VotingRound7 pic.twitter.com/lzCPe0v6iq
This was followed by a tweet from an unverified account which does not even have 100 followers.
The third was from the official page of BJP requesting people to vote. The tweet used popular hashtag #JeetegaToModiHi .
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