Dehradun: The fair sex has outshined men in voting during the recent assembly elections held in Uttarakhand. Except Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar, more women than men in 11 districts of the state thronged in large numbers to cast their vote for their desired candidate.

Also for the first time voters expressed their anger against the candidates and 249 voters adhering to Section 49(0) did not cast their vote in support of any candidate.

The post-poll homework conducted by the Election Commission is coming up with interesting facts day by day. 21,59,202 men and 20,60,723 women voted during the recent polls but due to less number of women, their voting percentage stands higher than the male voters.

Male voters surpassed women only in Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar. While 74.22 percent men and 76.29 percent women voted during the polls in Haridwar; 76.46 percent women exercised their franchise as compared to 77.18 percent men in Udham Singh Nagar.

However, male voters are more in Dehradun and Nainital and since the percentage of female voters is less in these states, the fairer sex outshined men in voter turnout.

The Representation of the Peoples Act 49(0) has been in place since years but the voters have woken up to the rule for the first time. According to the records, 249 voters expressed their desire before the poll booth officers to utilize the provision.

Under this provision, the vote casted by the voter is counted but is not in support of any candidate. To exercise the provision, the voter has to fill form number 17(A) in which he mentions his comments. It is an expression of the voter to dislike any candidate.

It is to be noted, demand for a similar option was raised during Anna Hazare’s movement according to which an added option must be there in the EVM list as ‘none.’ Also, if the number of such voters is the higher than those who have voted for different candidates, the polling must be rubbished in such a constituency.

In spite of limited options, the voters are increasingly exercising this provision which reveals the anger of the common man against the leader. 

(JPN/Bureau)