K’taka voter growth in 15 years fastest in South

The size of the Karnataka's electorate rose from 3.42 crore in 1999 to 4.62 crore in 2014, an increase of close to 35% in 15 years. DH file photo

Karnataka saw number of voters rise at a faster pace in general elections from 1999 to 2014 than other south Indian states. The size of the state’s electorate rose from 3.42 crore in 1999 to 4.62 crore in 2014, an increase of close to 35% in 15 years.

Andhra Pradesh followed Karnataka with over 30% in the electorate, but neighboring Tamil Nadu came at a remote third place. The size of Tamil Nadu’s electorate rose from 4.7 crore to 5.5 crore from 1999 to 2014, which corresponds to 15% in 15 years.

Kerala’s voters increased by merely 10% in 15 years since 1999.

The all-India increase in percentage of voters in between 1999 and 2014 was a little above 34%. however, in terms of expenditure in the general elections, the increase was 308%.

India spent Rs 947.68 crore in the general elections of 1999, but this rose to Rs 3,870.34 crore in 2014.

Election expenses saw a whopping rise between 2009 and 2014, when they increased by 247% in just five years. India spent Rs 1,114.38 crore in conducting elections in 2009, which rose to 3,870.34 crore at the time of 16th general elections in 2014.

Between 2009 and 2014, the increase in percentage of Karnataka’s voters was 10%. Before that, between 2004 and 2009, the size of electorate saw a 8.28% increase. The increase in percentage of voters between two general elections was more in the period from 1999 to 2004, when the state saw an increase of 12.56%.

Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, saw the maximum increase in the percentage of voters between 2004 and 2009, when it rose by above 13%.

On all-India basis, the size of electorate rose at a faster pace between 2009 and 2014. The percentage of voters rose by over 16% in this period. In all other general elections since 1999, the percentage increase in voters size was less than 9%.

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