Rural segments better urban areas in voting, again

Awareness programmes increase voter turnout by 7 to 8 per cent

Rural segments better urban areas in voting, again

According to the final statistics revealed by the District Election Office, 66.53 per cent polling was recorded in Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency.

Of the 17,21,197 voters registered, 11,45,140 persons cast their votes on Thursday.

Despite extensive voter awareness programmes held to increase voter turn out, Assembly constituencies of Mysore city limits continued to record low percentage of voter turn out, as compared to the other constituencies belonging to the Lok Sabha constituency.

The three constituencies of Mysore city, Krishnaraja, Chamaraja and Narasimharaja, recorded 58.49 pc, 58.27 pc, and 56.10 pc voting, respectively. It can be recalled that Narasimharaja constituency had also recorded the minimum percentage of voting during Assembly polls in 2013. The overall turnout in city constituencies is 57.61 pc, where 3,86,462 of the 6,70,785 voters cast their votes.

Of the eight Assembly constituencies belonging to the Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha seat, maximum voter turn out was recorded at Periyapatna constituency, where 77.85 pc voters exercised their franchise. Hunsur constituency registered 75.70 pc voting, Madikeri - 73.85 pc, Chamundeshwari - 70.84 pc, and Virajpet - 64.30 pc.

While 141 persons of the third gender had registered themselves to vote from eight constituencies, only 12 cast their ballots in Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency.

SVEEP

Deputy Commissioner, C Shikha said that Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) has helped in increasing the voter turn out in the district, as compared to previous elections.

Due to SVEEP, not only a high enrolment of voters was recorded in city areas, but also a marginal increase in voter turn out. “Since, there was a special focus on city areas, there has been a slight improvement in the percentage of voting, as compared to previous MP elections,” she said.

Moreover, there was a remarkable increase of seven to eight per cent due to various programmes to encourage voter turn out, she added.HassanHassan recorded highest polling with 73.50 per cent votes polled. The total polling percentage stood at 69 per cent in the year 2009.

Out of 15,59,655 voters, 11,46,669 have exercised their franchise. This includes 5,85,669 men, 5,60,681 women, and four sexual minorities.

Arkalgud registered a highest of 79.86 pc, Kadur recorded the lowest with 66.19 pc. While the number of male voters were higher in all the constituencies, women voters came out in large numbers at Shravanabelagola. As many as 72,318 men and 72,932 women cast their votes here.

The voting percentage at eight constituencies coming under Hassan LS are, Shravanabelagola - 74.18 pc; Arsikere - 72.33 pc, Belur - 71.14 pc, Hassan - 68.78 pc, Holenarasipur - 78.43 pc; Arkalgud - 79.86 pc; Sakleshpur - 76.44 pc and Kadur - 66.19 pc.

Chamarajanagar

Chamarajanagar recorded 72.81 per cent polling at the Lok Sabha polls held on Thursday. While Chamarajanagar registered 75.40 per cent, Gundlupet recorded 79.53 pc, Kollegal - 72.77 pc, Hanur - 68.33 pc, T Narsipura - 68.63 pc, Nanjangud - 72.36 pc, H D Kote - 71.84 pc, and Varuna 73.34 pc.

Compared to the eight Assembly constituencies coming under the LS constituency, Gundlupet has recorded highest polling percentage, and Hanur the lowest. There are 15,55,540 voters in the LS constituency - 7,89,171 men, 7,66,308 women, and 61 sexual minorities.
During the polls held on Thursday, 11,32,549 people have exercised their franchise. Out of this 5,85,014 were men, 5,47,527 were women, and eight were sexual minorities. The overall voting percentage of men stood at 74.13 pc, women - 71.45 pc, and others - 13.11 pc.

Mandya

Mandya Lok Sabha constituency recorded 71.42 polling percentage on Thursday. Highest polling was reported at Melkote taluk (71.42 pc), while Mandya taluk came last (64.5 pc). The polling percentage has however increased by 13.14 percentage.

Mandya constituency has 16,68,685 voters, out of which 11,91,708 exercised their rights. Of the 8,38,603 registered male voters, 6,04,443 men voted, while 5,87,257 women of the 8,29,993 enroled, voted.

Though 89 ‘others’ were enrolled in the voters list, only 8 of them showed interest to walk towards the polling booths. 

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