Dakshina Kannada and Udupi-Chikkamagaluru see more women voting

Polling in all the three coastal Lok Sabha constituencies in the State decreased this year when compared to the voter turnout in the elections in the Assembly segments under them last year.

On the other hand, among the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State, women voted more than men only in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Lok Sabha constituencies.

According to the statistics with the Election Commission, polling in Dakshina Kannada came down from 78.44 % in the 2018 Assembly elections to 77.90 % in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the Assembly segments of Sullia, Puttur, Belthangady, Bantwal, Moodbidri, Mangaluru, Mangaluru City South and Mangaluru City North.

Voting in Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha Constituency fell from 79.92 % in the 2018 Assembly elections to 75.91 % in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Kundapur, Udupi, Kaup, Karkala, Sringeri, Mudigere, Chikkamagalur and Tarikere Assembly segments are under this constituency.

In Uttara Kannada, polling dropped from 77.86 % last year to 71.70 % this year. The Assembly segments under this Lok Sabha constituency comprises Khanapur, Kittur, Haliyal, Karwar, Kumta, Bhatkal, Sirsi and Yellapur.

Wheres when compared to the voter turnout in the 2013 Assembly elections with that of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, polling in both Dakshina Kannada and Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha constituencies had increased. However, polling had come down in Uttara Kannada in that one-year gap.

In Dakshina Kannada, it was up from 64.85 % in 2013 to 77.15 % in 2014 and in Udupi-Chikkamagalur it had gone up from 66.28 % in 2013 to 74.56 % in 2014. In Uttara Kannada, it came down from 74.43 % in 2013 to 69.04 % in 2014.

Women voters

Meanwhile, women voted more in number than men in this year’s Lok Sabha election in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi-Chikkamagaluru constituencies.

According to the Election Commission, 51.34 % women voted in Dakshina Kannada when compared to men whose vote share constituted 48.65 %.

In Udupi-Chikkamagaluru too, 50.98 % women voted when compared to men voters whose share stood at 49.01 %.

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