GUWAHATI: Women voters registered a higher polling percentage than men in the first phase of elections for 65 assembly constituencies in Assam yesterday.
Data released by Election Office here said the voting percentage of women was 82.58 while that of men was 81.84.
The total vote polled in the first phase on Monday was 78,24,830 out of a total electorate of 95,19,076 registering a poll percentage of 82.20, it said.
In the last assembly polls, 77.02 per cent male voted as against 75 per cent of women.
The highest total poll percentage of 88.07 was recorded in Naoboicha constituency in Lakhimpur district while the lowest of 75.05 per cent was at Silchar in Cachar.
Altogether 37,98,462 women out of 45,99,635 exercised their franchise registering a voter percentage of 82.58 as against 40,26,298 male casting their vote out of a total electorate of 49,19,432 with a poll percentage of 81.84.
Women registered a higher poll per cent than male in 35 of the 65 constituencies, while in more than ten the figures were almost equal.
Women also recorded a higher turnout in constituencies of chief ministerial candidate of both the Congress and BJP.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's Titabor constituency recorded a higher turnout of 84.11 per cent as against 82.16 male voters while in Majuli (ST), from where BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal is contesting, women recorded a higher turnout of 84.70 per cent as against 82.10 per cent of men voters.
Polling per centage of women was also higher than men in nine of the 13 districts where voting was held yesterday in the constituencies under it.
These include Karimganj, Karbi Anglong, Udalguri, Sonitpur, Golaghat,Jorhat, Sibsagar, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji, according to the EC data.
In Karimganj district, where the total vote polled in the five constituencies was 78.17 per cent, polling by women was 78.55 per cent as against 77.83 per cent by men, the EC data said.
In the four constituencies of Karbi Anglong, total vote polled was 81.54 per cent with women voters percentage at 82.13 against 80.98 by men.
Three constituencies of Udalguri recorded a total vote of 82.55 per cent with women polling 83.18 per cent as against 81.94 by men, it said.
Eight constituencies in Sonitpur district recorded 84.20 per cent and 85.19 per cent women cast their votes as against 83.27 per cent men.
In four constituencies of Golaghat district, 84.24 per cent of votes were polled with 84.6 per cent women casted their votes as against 83.9 per cent of men.
In Jorhat district, where polls were held in six constituencies, the total vote polled is 82.25 per cent with 82.9 per cent women exercising their franchise as against 81.61 per cent of men voters.
In Sibsagar district's six constituencies the total votes polled was 84.67 per cent. 86.31 women cast their votes as against 84.31 percent by men.
In the four assembly constituencies of Lakhimpur, the total vote polled was 85.23 per cent with 86.31 per cent women voters exercising their franchise as against 84.21 per cent of men.
In the two constituencies of Dhemaji district, the polling percentage was 81.29 with 83.24 per cent women voting as against 79.45 per cent men.
In the seven constituencies of Dibrugarh, where 83.81 per cent of polling was recorded, and in five constituencies of Tinusukia, which recorded 81.45 per cent polling, the percentage of votes polled was almost at par.
Cachar district, where the highest number of 15 constituencies went to the polls, 79.24 per cent voting was recorded, while in Dima Hasao where election was held in one constituency, 81.67 per cent votes were cast. In these two districts male turnout was higher than women.