64.37 percent women from the state used their voting rights as compared with only 58.87 percent turnout of men
The data released the Election Commission (EC) shows that in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the voting for which was held on Thursday, women voters turned out in much larger numbers than men. As per the commission, 64.37 percent women from the state had used their voting rights as compared with only 58.87 percent turnout of men.
The data shows that 55.55 percent men and 61.32 percent women voted in Tehri parliamentary constituency similarly the turnout of men in Garhwal constituency was at only 48.91 percent as compared to 60.27 percent women voter turnout. In Almora- Pithoragarh constituency, 46.44 percent men and 57.40 percent women exercised their franchise while in Nainital- Udham Singh Nagar constituency 67.41 percent men and 70.11 percent women came out to vote. In Haridwar, the men voters were very close to the women voters in turnout. Here 68.48 percent men and 69.43 percent women exercised their franchise.
A clear difference between the men and women voters is easily noticeable especially in the mountainous areas of the state.
In Chaubatakhal assembly segment which comes under Garhwal parliamentary seat only 37.39 per cent men came out to vote as compared to 49.62 percent women similarly in Lansdowne assembly segment of Garhwal, 39. 39 percent men and 49.61 percent women voted. A similar story unfolds in Deoprayag where 38.71 percent men and 55.44 per cent women voted. In Pauri assembly segment, another mountainous area, only 44.75 percent men voted as compared with 54.71 percent turnout of women. In Srinagar assembly 45.36 percent men and 60.97 percent women voted.
Similar situation was visible in mountainous areas of the Tehri parliamentary constituency as 35.43 percent men and 55.91 percent women voted in Ghansali assembly segment area. In Pratapnagar 34.67 percent men and 54.07 percent women came out to vote. A similar difference was noticed in different assembly segments of Almora- Pithoragarh constituency.
One observer stated that the effect of the migration is easily visible in the voting pattern in the mountainous areas as the men folk has moved to cities in search of work and the women who are left in the villages turned out on the polling day on April 11.
When asked to comment on this disparity, Minister of state for women and child development, Rekha Arya said, “This shows that women are aware and empowered enough to choose what is best for them and the country. BJP government started various schemes that uplifted the women in Uttarakhand. I firmly believe that women of the state have voted for BJP candidates in a very large number.”
The spokesperson of Congress party, Garmia Dasauni said, “I think that the current scenario in the country has made the men and the youth very disheartened. No one talked about the real issues which is why I think men and youth that closely are in touch with society failed to turn out to vote in the state.’’ She added that women in mountainous areas are not very much aware which accounted for their higher turnout.
Sunday, 14 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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