Jaipur: Breaking previous records, Rajasthan registered a historic voter turnout of 63 percent, a 15 percent increase from last parliamentary elections, in both phases of the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
63.02 percent of total 4,29,94,384 voters, including two crore females, cast their votes in both phases of polling on April 17 and 24.
Ganganagar recorded the highest turnout of 72.85 percent, 11 per cent higher than the figures of 2009 polls, followed by Barmer where 72.43 percent voters exercised their franchise, according to the chief election office.
In Barmer, where expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh is contesting as an Independent candidate, the turnout shot up 17 percent.
Banswara, Jhalawar Baran, Ajmer and Jaipur recorded 68.82, 68.66, 68.65 and 66.08 percent turnout respectively.
Karauli-Dholpur is the constituency with lowest voter turnout at 54.70 percent.
Jalore constituency recorded the maximum increase of 21 percent in turnout as compared to the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Female voter turnout, which was 44.85 percent in 2009, also increased by 16 percent to 61.23 percent.
Women voter turnout was highest in Barmer with 71.78 percent followed by Banswara at 71.03 percent, whereas Karauli-Dholpur registered the lowest turnout where only 50.39 percent of female voters exercised their right.
"This all increase could happen due to extensive efforts under Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP)," Chief Election Officer Ashok Jain said.
24 out of total 25 constituencies saw increase in voter turnout except Dausa where there it decreased by 2.8 percent.
Dausa recorded 61 percent polling this time against 63.98 of 2009-Lok Sabha polls.
A total of 320 candidates including 27 women contested the elections on 25 constituencies in the two phases of polls in the state.