Tamil Nadu assembly elections: Women make historic presence

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Chennai, May 18: May 16 would be etched in the pages of political history of India. The Tamil Nadu elections are just an excuse, but one should have a look at the number of women who cast their votes in the state.

According to the Election Commission of India, more women have cast their votes than men, even when the overall percentage in the 232 constituencies across the state touched 74.26%.

Tamil Nadu election

A total of 4.28 crore out of 5.79-crore electorate exeercised their power on Monday. Of these, 2,16,28,807 were women and 2,12,44,129 were men and 738 were from the third gender.

Election Commission of India - State Election, 1991 to the Legislative Assembly of TAMIL NADU

 
TYPE OF CONSTITUENCY
GENSCST
TOTAL
1. NO. OF CONSTITUENCIES
189423
234
2. ELECTORS
a. Men
164949523476191238443
20209586
b. Women
160351393425249238813
19699201
c. Total
325300916901440477256
39908787
3. ELECTORS WHO VOTED
a. Men
108415232330743154770
13327036
b. Women
98781082133322140178
12151608
c. TOTAL
207196314464065294948
25478644

That is not all, there has been a significant rise in the number of women candidates in the final fray, accounting to 327.

Incidentally, over 10 lakh women voted in Kancheepuram (12.41 lakh), Vellore (11.81 lakh), Chennai (11.95 lakh), Tiruvallur (11.19 lakh), Villupuram (10.54 lakh) districts, Salem (11.02 lakh).

Election Commission of India - State Election, 1996 to the Legislative Assembly of TAMIL NADU

 
TYPE OF CONSTITUENCY
GENSCST
TOTAL
1. NO. OF CONSTITUENCIES
189423
234
2. ELECTORS
a. Men
174615333697924246295
21405752
b. Women
171495003675937247776
21073213
c. Total
346110337373861494071
42478965
3. ELECTORS WHO VOTED
a. Men
120176932601220169164
14788077
b. Women
110751242420269155779
13651172
c. TOTAL
230928175021489324943
28439249

The district-wise percentage are as follows:

Dharmapuri (85.03 per cent), Ariyalur (83.77 per cent) and Karur (83.09 per cent) were the top three districts, which registered highest polling percentage. Tiruvannamalai (82.99 per cent), Namakkal (82.10 per cent) and Salem (80.09 per cent) also scored above 80 per cent.

Election Commission of India- State Election, 2011 to the Legislative Assembly Of Tamil Nadu

 
TYPE OF CONSTITUENCY
GENSCST
TOTAL
1. NO. OF CONSTITUENCIES
188442
234
2. ELECTORS (INCLUDING SERVICE VOTERS)
a. MALE
193145224186949204169
23705640
b. FEMALE
190678084137324203680
23408812
c. OTHERS
11892032
1394
d. TOTAL
383835198324476407851
47115846
3. ELECTORS WHO VOTED
a. MALE
149080553301146169833
18379034
b. FEMALE
149048953302873169940
18377708
c. OTHERS
42290
71
d. POSTAL
104780236001033
129413
e. TOTAL
299177726627648340806
36886226

Dindigul (79.62 per cent), Perambalur (79.54 per cent), Villupuram (79.44 per cent) and Erode (79.39 per cent) districts were followed by Krishnagiri (78.38 per cent), Tiruvarur (78.04 per cent) and Thanjavur (77.44 per cent) districts. Vellore (77.24 per cent), Pudukkottai (77.07 per cent), Virudhunagar (76.36 per cent), Cuddalore (78.64 per cent), Nagappattinam (76.05 per cent), Tiruchi (75.77 per cent), Tirupur (72.68 per cent), Tirunelveli (71.94 per cent), Thoothukkudi (71.17 per cent), Tiruvallur (71.20 per cent), Theni (75.29 per cent), Madurai (71.09 per cent) and the Nilgris (70.53 per cent) districts registered above 70 per cent.

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