Women voters spring turnout surprise

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This Lok Sabha election can become a historic event with the surging participation of women voters up to the extent of surpassing the men voters in terms of voting turnout. Though women are still woefully under-represented as candidates in Lok Sabha elections, this election shows their increasing political participation in the form of voter turnout, where women voters have surpassed men, voters.

In the first phase, female voters have beat men voters with more than half per cent while in the second phase they exceeded 0.14 per cent in turnout. According to the Election Commission’s data, analysed by Data Intelligence Unit (DIU), a data wing of India Today group, the women turnout is 68.53 per cent while men turnout is recorded as 68.02 per cent.

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Uttarakhand has led this trend with 64.45 per cent women’s turnout in comparison to men limited with 58.77 per cent only in the first phase of voting. The other states where female participation is on higher side are Bihar (1.21 per cent), Odhisa(1.27 per cent), West Bengal(2.18 per cent), Lakshadweep( 3.02 per cent), Arunachal Pradesh (4.56 per cent) and Meghalaya(4.67 per cent) in their respective seats.

In phase one of the elections, 91 Lok Sabha seats was polled in 18 seats and two union territories. Similarly, this trend has been noticed in the second phase also. The polling on 95 seats of 12 states recorded women voters turn out as 69.21 per cent compares to men voters with 69.07 per cent. This time women of Bihar have marked heavy participation as much as 66.06 per cent, almost six per cent more than the men.

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Manipur came second with four per cent more women participation than men, followed by Odisha (2.32 per cent), West Bengal (0.84 per cent). In phase two, voters in 95 constituencies exercised their votes in 12 states last week. Voting turnout is the ratio of the number of people, who have cast their vote to the total electors in a particular constituency. So far two phases of Lok Sabha elections-2019 have shown this trend, this is to be seen whether this is going to be a historical moment in the Indian democracy with the women voters surpassing the men in the next five phases of polls.

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