Polling percentage of women outnumber males in Nagaland

In Nagaland where no women had won assembly elections since 1964, polling percentage of female voters surpassed their male counterparts in the February 23 assembly elections.

In the elections for the 59 assembly segments in the state which registered a total polling percentage of 90.51%, an average 1.4% more female voters had exercised their right. While the polling percentage of male voters was 89.82 per cent, it was 91.22 per cent for female voters.

In the total of 11,71,335 electorate, there were 5,81,782 male voters and the rest females to decide the fate of 185 candidates in 59 seats.

Of the 185 candidates in the 59 seats, only two women had contested the elections in Nagaland despite women comprising around 49 per cent of the electorate.

The two women candidates were Rakhila Lakiumong who contested on BJP ticket from Tuensang Sadar-II constituency and Dr Yangerla, a medical practitioner, who contested as an independent from Mokokchung Town seat in Mokokchung district.

In the last Assembly election held in 2008, four women had contested the poll, but none tasted success. The first Assembly election in Nagaland was held in 1964 and till the last Assembly election in 2008, no woman had won the assembly elections in the state.

The polling percentage in Saturday¿s election to the 59 seats of Nagaland has gone up to 90.51%. The official final figure will be available only after all polling materials reach district headquarters after the completion of the re-polls being held in nine polling booths spread over seven districts and eight assembly segments . Among the district wise poll percentage Longleng stands on top with 95.59%, followed by Wokha at 94.30% while Kiphire is third with 93.89%. Dimapur stands at lowest with 85.19% turnout.

Polling at Tuensang Sadar-I A/C was countermanded following the demise of sitting MLA and Congress candidate P.Chuba Chang on February 22 last and will be held on March 23 next.

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