As per UP’s final EVM voting figures accessed by TOI, the overall turnout in the state was 60.8%, down from 61.1% in 2017. As many as 62.2% of UP’s women electorate cast their vote, higher than men who clocked a voting percentage of 59.6% but lower than the 63.4% female turnout recorded in 2017 polls. The male voting percentage in the state this time was marginally higher than 59.2% recorded in 2017.
It is clear from the voting figures now available for all the five states where polls were held that a greater percentage of women turned out to vote in UP, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. In Punjab too, women voters were behind by a mere 0.08 percentage points.
The difference between male and female turnout in the current polls has been most striking in Uttarakhand, with women clocking 67.2% turnout as against 62.6% males who cast their vote. Goa saw a 81% female voter turnout against 78.2% poll percentage for men. In Punjab, the female turnout of 71.9% was only a tad lower than the 72% male voter turnout.
In Manipur, which clocked an overall turnout of 89.3%, a whopping 90.5% of the women voted as against 87.9% men. This marks an improvement over 2017, when the northeastern state recorded an overall turnout of 85.9%, of which female turnout was 88% and men’s 83.6%.
UP polls started with men leading women in terms of turnout in the first three phases. However, the trend reversed from fourth phase onwards, with the women’s lead widening with each passing phase after February 20.
District-wise voter turnout figures for UP show that women turnout was higher in 43 of its 75 districts, though in 2017 more ladies had turned out to vote across 55 districts. The overall voter turnout was the highest in Amroha district (72.3%) and the lowest in Balrampur (49.1%), the latter due to the lower male voter turnout (46.1%) as compared to women (52.8%). A similar trend was seen in Balrampur in 2017 polls as well, though it was Siddharthnagar that had then recorded the lowest male turnout (44.6%).
While four districts in UP — Amroha, Lalitpur, Saharanpur and Shamli — recorded a turnout of more than 70%, 41 districts saw a turnout between 60% and 70% and 30 districts recorded a 50%-60% polling percentage. In the seventh phase, which covered nine districts of UP, women turnout was higher than men’s in eight districts. However, Varanasi saw a higher male voter participation of 60.7% compared to women (60.4%).