Turnout better for Assembly polls, more women vote in HP
The voters turnout in assembly elections was higher as compared to Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh where participation of women was greater in successive assembly polls since 1977.
While the voters turnout in Lok Sabha polls varied between 57.10 per cent in 1991 and 1999 elections to 65.32 per cent in 1998 elections, the turnout was much higher in assembly polls.
Barring the 1977 assembly elections when the voters turnout was 58.57 per cent, the polling in assembly election ranged between 67.74 and 74.51 per cent.
The highest ever voting of 74.51 per cent was recorded in last assembly polls in 2003 while the polling was over 70 per cent in 1998, 1993, 1985 and 1982 assembly elections.
In 1998, when the assembly and Lok Sabha elections were held simultaneously, the polling was 71.23 per cent for assembly polls while it was 65.32 per cent for the Lok Sabha polls.
The polling in Lok Sabha polls was generally lower when the elections were held in isolation as in 1980, 1991, 1996 and 1999. The polling percentage was marginally higher when the two polls were held simultaneously or within short intervals as it happened in 1977, 1989 and 1984 Lok Sabha polls with the turnout being 59.56, 61.45 and 63.94 respectively.
In the assembly elections held about three months after the Lok Sabha elections in June 1977, March 1985 and February 1990, the voters turnout was 58.57, 70.36 and 67.74 per cent respectively in the assembly polls.
The women voters, who constitute about 49 per cent of the total electorate and surpass their male counterparts in 30 out of 68 assembly segments, have been taking more interest in the assembly elections as compared to Lok Sabha polls.
In the 1998 and 2003 assembly polls, the turnout of women voters was 13,01,315 and 15,33,570 respectively while the turnout of male voters was 12,83,473 and 15,22,140 which was less as compared to women voters even though their total number was more.
However, the turout of male voters in terms of numbers was always higher in the Lok Sabha Polls.