In two of the three states that recently conducted elections—Mizoram and Chhattisgarh—there were more female votes than male voters, a phenomenon known as “silent voters.”
The second round of voting in Chhattisgarh concluded last week. The voting procedure in each of the state’s ninety assemblies is now complete. 1.55 crore votes were cast in all 90 assemblies, according to data that the Chief Electoral Officers (CEO) of Chhattisgarh issued on Sunday. There were 78.12 lakh ladies and 77.48 lakh males among them. In the state, there are 1.97 crore voters, made up of 98.2 lakh males and 98.5 lakh women. In the first phase, participation was 76.47%, and in the second, it was 75.88%.
According to the CEO, women voted in up to 50 assemblies, or more than half of them, more often than men did. Among them were Bastar, Jagdalpur, Chitrakot, Dantewada, Bijapur, and Konta. Women outnumbered men in sixteen of the twenty seats that were voted in the first round.
On Friday, there were polls for all 230 legislatures in Madhya Pradesh in addition to the second round of elections in Chhattisgarh. In the state, 77.15% of voters cast ballots, 1.52% higher than in 2018. Men outnumbered women in the state. Male voter turnout was 78.21%, while female voter turnout was 76.03%, according to figures from the state CEO. There are 5.52 crore registered voters in the state, consisting of 2.85 crore males and 2.67 crore women.
On November 7, Mizoram conducted legislative elections. There, too, women voted in greater numbers than men, just as in Chhattisgarh. The state’s voting turnout was 80.66%. According to figures from the state CEO, 81.25% of women and 80.04% of men cast votes. In Mizoram, there are 8.38 lakh voters, of which 4.32 lakh are female.
The votes from these two states together with the other two that haven’t conducted elections will be totaled on December 3. Elections in Telangana are scheduled for November 30 and in Rajasthan on November 25.