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In voting percentage, women walk ahead in Punjab

Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 02, 2014
First Published: 08:08 IST(2/5/2014) | Last Updated: 08:13 IST(2/5/2014)

In terms of percentage as compared to their male counterparts, more women voted in the Lok Sabha polls in Punjab on Wednesday. While 70.7% male voters exercised their franchise, among the women, it was 71.1%. The overall percentage, as per figure s released on Thursday, stood at 70.89%, only a shade below the highest-ever LS polling recorded in Punjab which was 71.13% in 1967.

There are less female voters (92.6 lakh) as compared to male (1.02 crore) in the state. This means a gender ratio (females per 1,000 males) at 902.

As 72.58 lakh male voters did their duty as against 65.84% females, the gender ratio of actual voting came out higher, at 907. The state’s overall population sex ratio is 895.

Of the 13 seats, female voting percentage was higher than males’ in six: Gurdaspur, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Anandpur Sahib and Sangrur. In Bathinda, the percentage was almost equal.

The trend was in consonance with that of the 2012 assembly polls, when female voting percentage at 79.16 was higher than males’ 78.13.

In Hoshiarpur, at all assembly segments that form the LS seat, female voting percentage was higher, 67.48% as against 62.75%.

In the Qadian assembly constituency falling in Gurdaspur parliament segment, the difference was maximum — 73.56% females voted as against 67.85% male voters. Overall in Gurdaspur, 71.58% females voted as against 68.86% males.

In Khadoor Sahib, female voters voted out more in terms of their percentage in seven of the seats’ nine assembly constituencies. In Jalandhar, 66.04% males came out to vote, while 68.46% females voted. The trend was witnessed in six of the seat’s nine assembly constituencies.

In Ludhiana, the trend was the other way around, and so it was in Amritsar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Ferozpur and Patiala.

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