Lok Sabha Polls: EC Updates Phase 5 Voter Turnout at 62.2%

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Lok Sabha Polls: EC Updates Phase 5 Voter Turnout at 62.2%

| Updated: May 23, 2024 18:03

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced on Thursday that women outnumbered men in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which were held on May 20. The voter turnout has now increased to 62.2 per cent.

An ECI statement states that 61.48 per cent of the registered male voters turned up at the polling stations as compared to 63 per cent of female electors.

Over 8.95 crore individuals, comprising 4.69 crore men, 4.26 crore women, and 5409 third genders, were eligible to vote in phase V, which saw polling in 49 seats across six states and two union territories.

The participation of women in voting was greater as compared to men in Bihar, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh. The male-female turnout gap was significant in Bihar and Jharkhand. In Bihar, female turnout was 61.58 per cent, while male turnout was 52.42 per cent. Similarly, in Jharkhand, the male turnout was registered at 58.08 per cent, while the female turnout was 68.65 per cent.

Voting participation in West Bengal was limited to 38.22 per cent of voters who were registered in the third gender category. The ECI reported that ‘the results of the repolls at the two polling stations in the Odisha parliamentary constituency of Kandhamal will be finished on Thursday, and the numbers may alter as a result once the post-repoll data is updated’.

51 seats in seven states were polled in the corresponding phase of the 2019 elections, with a turnout of 64.16 per cent.

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