Women led the way in voting in the Lok Sabha election in the Union Territory on Thursday, when as many as 74.15 per cent female voters cast their votes against 73.57 per cent male voters. The total voting percentage was 73.84, according to the final figures released by the Election Department.
Incidentally, the city has 51,000 fewer female voters than male voters. Of the total 6.13 lakh registered voters, 3.32 lakh are male and 2.81 lakh female. A total of 2.44 lakh male voters cast their votes while 2.08 lakh female voters exercised their franchise.
Voting by women was particularly high in some area, like the area under Assistant Election Returning Officer 5 comprising Sectors 7, 26, 27 and 28, where 70.08 per cent male voters cast their votes while the females were 74.43 per cent.
It was 79.74 per cent in the area under AERO 10, comprising Maloya, Palsora, Dadumajra, Badheri and Butrela.
The voting percentage this time is the highest ever. The highest in the past was 68.93 per cent in the 1984 Lok Sabha election. In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, the polling was 65.7 per cent.
The polling held on Thursday had witnessed people queuing up at polling booths early in the morning — in fact, as early as 5 am in certain villages and colonies.
The highest voting was registered at Raipur Kalan village where 87.02 per cent people cast their votes. The village, which has just one booth, trumped its own record of 82 per cent polling in the last election.
The next highest was at the rehabilitation colony at Dhanas where the polling was 86 per cent. As many as 11 booths had been set up in this newly established colony. One of the booths recorded 90.39 per cent polling, which is the highest for any single booth.
Long queues were seen outside polling stations at Dhanas since early morning. This was the area where polling continued till 9 pm. A power shutdown contributed to the delay in the already slow-moving queues.
The lowest polling percentage was in Sector 45-A where only 34.4 per cent voters cast their votes. Of the eight polling booths in the area, one recorded only 29.22 per cent polling, which was the lowest at any booth.
For a change, the northern sectors reported a handsome turnout of voters. The voting percentage in Sectors 1 to 10 was 72.91. Traditionally, the residents of the northern sectors do not vote in large numbers.
In fact, because of the past record of these sectors, the political parties concentrate on campaigning in the southern sectors as well as villages and colonies. In the northern sectors, they campaign only at the markets, leaving out the residential areas.