Debating India

ELECTIONS 2004

Women voters take centrestage in Goa

Sanjay BANERJEE

Saturday 24 April 2004, by BANERJEE*Sanjay

PANAJI: Of the 40 assembly constituencies comprising the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa, 11 have more women voters than men while in two, both the sexes are equal in number.

There are more women voters than men in seven and four constituencies in North and South Goa respectively. Four out of the seven constituencies are from Bardez Taluka, home to a string of famous beaches. In South Goa, women outnumber men in the neighbouring constituencies of Loutulim and Benaulim. Canacona and Poinguinim, which are adjacent assembly constituencies bordering Karnataka in the south, have strangely equal number of men and women electors.

The number of service electors (in a separate category) according to figures available in the Lok Sabha election 2004 book, distributed by the department of information and publicity, would though make a minor difference as for all these unique constituencies, their numbers vary from 0-5. In fact, for two assembly constituencies in the North Goa seat--- St. Andre and Cumbarjua, there are zero service electors for both the sexes.

Another interesting feature in the 19 constituencies of North Goa seat is that out of the 4,21,978 electorate (general and service electors), there are a total of 2,12341 male and 2,09637 women voters. That makes men outnumber women by a figure of only 2704. Similarly, for the South seat, of the total electorate of 5,10461 in 21 constituencies, male voters are 25,8682 and women voters are 25,1779, which makes men outnumber women by 6,903.

According to the book, it has been noticed since 1971 that average polling in the state? has been around 63 per cent. The average polling for Panaji (North Goa) and Mormugao (South Goa) parliamentary seats was 68 and 59 per cent respectively.

See online : The Times of India

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in The Times of India, Saturday, april 24, 2004.

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