EC releases final voter turnout data

New Delhi, Apr 30
The Election Commission on Tuesday put the polling in first and second phases at 66.14 per cent and 66.71 per cent, an announcement that came after Opposition I.N.D.I.A. leaders questioned the delay in providing the data even after completion of the polls days ago.
The first phase of election for 102 seats was held on April 19 and the second phase for 88 seats was held on April 26. The remaining five phases will be held between May 7 and June 1, while the counting of votes will be held on June 4.
Karnataka recorded 69.86 per cent voting for 14 of 28 seats in phase 2 of polling across India.
According to the EC, more men voted (66.22 per cent and 66.99 per cent) in both the phases compared to women (66.07 per cent and 66.42 per cent). The turnout among third gender was dismally low at 31.32 per cent and 23.86 per cent in phase 1 and phase 2 respectively.
The 21-page statement by the EC showed that Lakshadweep posted the highest polling percentage (84.16 per cent) in the first phase. Among the big States, West Bengal where three out of 42 seats went to polls topped the list with 81.91 per cent followed by Tamil Nadu where all seats went to elections had 81.48 per cent votes. In the first phase, Bihar where five out of 40 seats went to polls had only 49.26 per cent polling, the least among 13 States and Union Territories that went to polls. Of the 102 seats, seven seats saw over 80 per cent polling, while three had less than 50 per cent polling.
The highest polling was recorded in Arunachal East (81.31 per cent) after Lakshadweep. Both seats failed to equal the polling percentage of 2019 – 85.21 per cent in Lakshadweep and 87.03 per cent in Arunachal East.
Nawada in Bihar recorded the lowest turnout at 43.17 per cent in the first phase as against 49.73 per cent recorded in 2019. Karauli-Dholpur registered 49.59 per cent (55.18 per cent in 2019) and Almora’s polling percentage was 48.74 per cent (52.31 per cent in 2019).
In 43 seats in the first phase, women outnumbered men and among the three seats with worst turnouts barring Almora, men outnumbered women. In Almora, 53.12 per cent of voters were women. In Garhwal, the overall voting percentage crossed 50 per cent only because 56.69 per cent of women came out to vote while only 44.54 per cent men voted.  Deccan Herald