New Delhi, May 8, 2014: India registered a record turnout of voters, surpassing the previous record in 1984, as 66.27 per cent voting was reported in 502 Lok Sabha seats where polling has been conducted this time.
Turnout of women voters also recorded highest figure ever as they outnumbered men in 13 states this time. Voting in Andhra Pradesh is highest ever at 73.46 per cent as against 72.63 per cent in the last elections. Turnout in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand was higher than last time.
Election Commission Director General Akshay Rout told that polling has been held in 502 seats and the total voter turnout was 66.27 per cent against 57.74 per cent in those seats in the last elections.
He said the total voting percentage in these seats is likely to go up further as postal ballots have not been taken into account yet. Elections were held today in 64 Lok Sabha constituencies in the pen-ultimate phase of polling for the 16th Lok Sabha.
Mr Rout said until now the highest voting percentage was recorded in 1984 when the turnout was 64 per cent. The last phase of polling for 41 seats will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
Mr Rout said 30 states out 32 states and Union Territories recorded higher polling than the last elections. Jammu and Kashmir also witnessed higher voting with 49.96 per cent polling this time as against 39.68 per cent last time.
Voting in Himachal Pradesh was 66.5 per cent as against 53.7 per cent last time. In Uttarakhand, polling was 62 per cent as against 53.68 per cent last time. Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Punjab and Meghalaya witnessed higher turnout of women than men.