Maximising youth voting ­­­ By: Parul Purwar


Figure 10: number of male and female voters, Source : Election Commission of India



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Figure 10: number of male and female voters, Source : Election Commission of India.

India is a patriarchal society and that is clearly reflected in the voter turnout. In 1998 the difference in male female voter turnout was around 8 %. Hence while talking about increasing voter turnout among youth we need to concentrate on young women too.



Women in India vote less than their male counterparts and it is because traditionally women have not been as empowered or placed on the same level as men. This is slowly changing and more and more female voters come out vote. But the question arises is whether these voters are aware of the candidates or do they vote according to someone else. The latter case is not the sign of a healthy democracy.

Table 4: number of seats won by women, Source: PIB, government of India, 1998


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