Greater participation of women in the democratic exercise pushed up the voting percentage in Bihar assembly polls this time by around 7 percent compared to five years ago. The cumulative voting percentage in the six-phase polls rose to 52.43 percent this year, up from 45.85 percent recorded in October 2005 assembly election and 44.46 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections in the state.
While the voting turn out of males was 50.77 percent, the women’s turn out was 54.85 percent. It was a quantum jump, Election Commission officials said. And for a change, the state did not report a single case of booth-capturing.