Women voters outnumbered men in the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab on Wednesday, when 71.11 per cent women turned up to exercise their franchise as against 70.7 per cent men. As many as 65,84,612 women out of a total of 92,60,136 registered with the Election Commission voted while 72,58,583 men out of 1,02,66,743 voted.
Sangrur parliamentary constituency earned the distinction of having maximum number of women (77.6 per cent) turned up to vote and outnumbered men. In Bathinda, the women turnout was second in the state at 77.31 per cent, but more men voted in this seat at 77.59 per cent.
Women in six parliamentary constituencies outnumbered male voters. These are Gurdaspur (71.49 per cent women, 68.69 per cent men), Khadoor Sahib (67.88 per cent women, 65.99 per cent men), Jalandhar (68.54 per cent women, 65.98 men), Hoshiarpur (67.7 per cent women, 62.74 men), Anandpur Sahib (71.43 per cent women, 68.31 per cent men) and Sangrur.
Women in both the constituencies of the Doaba region outnumbered men, with Jalandhar recording women turnout of 68.54 per cent compared to 65.98.04 men and Hoshiarpur recording 67.7 per cent women compared to 62.74 men.
In Majha region, both Gurdaspur and Khadoor Sahib recorded more women except Amritsar, where 71.01 per cent women and 72.13 per cent men voted. Khadoor Sahib is the only constituency which has Assembly segments from Majha, Doaba and Malwa regions. The two from Doaba are Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi and from Malwa is Zira. In Malwa region, Sangrur and Anandpur Sahib were the two constituencies in Malwa where women fared better.
Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency includes some segments from Doaba region also. The minimum turnout of women (67.7 ) was recorded in Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha constituency.
In 2009 Lok Sabha elections, men (70.44 per cent) outnumbered women (69.55 per cent). In 2012 Assembly polls, women fared better with a percentage of 79.16 per cent compared to 78.13 per cent men.