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LS polls: Women voters outshine men in 5 states

April 16, 2014 19:52 IST

It’s all about women power. According to data compiled by the Election Commission, women have outnumbered men in casting their vote in five of the 13 states and union territories, which went to polls in the first four phases of the Lok Sabha elections. Additionally, an increase in aggregate voter turnout was also witnessed as compared to the last general elections.

The data revealed that women voters outnumbered men in Chandigarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Sikkim and Lakshwadeep. The poll panel considered data of 111 constituencies spread across the 13 states and union territories. In the 111 Lok Sabha constituencies, the aggregate voter turnout was 68.29 per cent, eight per cent more than last elections’ 60.39 per cent.

According to Akshay Raut, the director general of the EC, the analysis also threw up an interesting fact. While Nagaland and Tripura witnessed lower turnout in these polls as compared to 2009, the two states recorded an impressive voter turnout among the 13 states and UTs, which went for polls in four phases beginning April 7.

All the other states witnessed a higher turnout this time as compared to the 2009 general elections, Raut said. Nagaland recorded the highest turnout with 88.57 per cent, whereas Lakshdweep recorded a turnout of 86.79 per cent, followed by Tripura with 84.90 per cent. Sikkim also recorded an impressive voter turnout of 80.96 per cent. Arunachal Pradesh and Goa had a voter turnout of 76.9 per cent and 76.83 per cent respectively.

In Kerala, 74.02 per cent of the voters came to vote, while in Haryana the percentage was 71.86 per cent. Meghalaya recorded a turnout of 69.03 per cent, Delhi 65.09 per cent, Andaman and Nicobar 70.77 per cent, Chandigarh 73.57 per cent and Mizoram 61.70 per cent. 

On Wednesday, a maximum of 12 seats in 12 states will go to the polls in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections.

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