More women voters than males in four phases of LS polls in WB

Turnout of women voters has surpassed the percentage of votes polled by male voters after the four phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, the Election Commission sources said here on Friday.

PTI| Last Updated: May 09, 2014, 23:03 PM IST

Kolkata: Turnout of women voters has surpassed the percentage of votes polled by male voters after the four phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, the Election Commission sources said here on Friday.

Giving a statistics of polling in 25 Parliamentary constituencies in four phases, Assistant CEO Amitjyoti Bhattacharya said at the end of four phases of LS polls in 25 seats, 82.86 per cent female voters have exercised their franchise, against 82.75 per cent by male voters.

This trend was witnessed first in the 2011 Assembly elections, in which turnout of women voters was 84.53 per cent and male voters was 84.39 per cent.
Overall turnout has improved remarkably in some constituencies this time with 81.66 per cent in Purulia from 71.94 per cent in 2009.

Turnout in Jhargram seat has also gone up to 85.88 per cent from 77.29 in 2009, while in Alipurduars seat it has gone up to 83.21 per cent from 75.99 per cent, EC sources said.

In Midnapore seat too, turnout has gone up to 84.69 per cent from 82.43 per cent in 2009, while in Bankura it increased to 82.39 per cent from 77.69 per cent in 2009, Bhattacharya said.
Meanwhile, senior officials of the CEO`s office and the EC today discussed on how to boost voters` turnout in the last and final phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 12.

A campaign strategy has also been drawn up to motivate maximum number of voters to cast their votes in the last phase poll, the Assistant CEO said.