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
GEN SC ST
TOTAL
1. NO. OF CONSTITUENCIES
189 42 3
234
2. ELECTORS
a. Men
16494952 3476191 238443
20209586
b. Women
16035139 3425249 238813
19699201
c. Total
32530091 6901440 477256
39908787
3. ELECTORS WHO VOTED
a. Men
10841523 2330743 154770
13327036
b. Women
9878108 2133322 140178
12151608
c. TOTAL
20719631 4464065 294948
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
GEN SC ST
TOTAL
1. NO. OF CONSTITUENCIES
189 42 3
234
2. ELECTORS
a. Men
17461533 3697924 246295
21405752
b. Women
17149500 3675937 247776
21073213
c. Total
34611033 7373861 494071
42478965
3. ELECTORS WHO VOTED
a. Men
12017693 2601220 169164
14788077
b. Women
11075124 2420269 155779
13651172
c. TOTAL
23092817 5021489 324943
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
GEN SC ST
TOTAL
1. NO. OF CONSTITUENCIES
188 44 2
234
2. ELECTORS (INCLUDING SERVICE VOTERS)
a. MALE
19314522 4186949 204169
23705640
b. FEMALE
19067808 4137324 203680
23408812
c. OTHERS
1189 203 2
1394
d. TOTAL
38383519 8324476 407851
47115846
3. ELECTORS WHO VOTED
a. MALE
14908055 3301146 169833
18379034
b. FEMALE
14904895 3302873 169940
18377708
c. OTHERS
42 29 0
71
d. POSTAL
104780 23600 1033
129413
e. TOTAL
29917772 6627648 340806
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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