Berhampur, April 14 (LocalWire): Woman voters, who outnumbered their male counterparts with a huge margin, might be the decisive factor in five of the seven Assembly segments, under the Berhampur Parliamentary seat that went to poll on 11 April.
Except Berhampur and Gopalpur Assembly segments, the high turnout of female voters was registered at Chikiti, Digaphandi, Chhatrapur, Paralakhemundi and Mohana, officials said.
It’s a good sign as more number of fair sex participated in the electoral process in the state. They might play a major role in the decisive factor in the election, particularly in Berhampur Parliamentary seat and under its Assembly segments, said former Political Science professor of Berhampur University, Jayant Kumar Mohapatra.
Of the total votes of 1, 29,396 polled in Chikiti segment, 67,999 and 61,397 were female and male respectively.
Similarly, in Digaphandi, that registered 1, 42,019 votes, the males constituted 70,683 votes while there were 71,330 votes by women.
Chhatrapur (SC) segment saw 1, 49,432 votes exercised and the male and female voters are 73,898 and 75,534 respectively.
In Mohana reserve segment for tribals, the total votes were 1, 64,048. Of them 79,735 are males and 84,735 females. In Paralakhemundi, total 1, 45, 689 people cast their votes. Of them 70,555 and 75,134 male and females respectively exercised their franchise in the election.
On other hand less number of females exercised their franchise in Berhampur and Gopalpur. In Berhampur total 1, 18,549 people cast their votes. Of them, 61,440 were males and 57,250 females.
Similarly, in Gopalpur, where fishermen dominate the constituency, a total of 1, 34,086 votes were registered. Of them 67,552 were male voters and 66,534 female.
Former Rajya Sabha member and BJD’s Vice president of the women wing claimed most of the female votes would generally go in favour of the ruling party.
The chief minister had announced several sops for women, including 33 percent Parliamentary seats in the state to contest. t might be one of the reasons that more number of women exercise their franchise this time,’ she said.
BJP’s state secretary Bibhuti Jena, however, said more number of women in the constituency came out to vote against BJD this time.
‘They might have cast against the ruling party as the government failed to protect them as violence against woman increased in the state,’ he said.