Women voters in India will play a decisive role in determining the outcome in the country’s general election, polling for which begins on April 7th.
According to India’s election commission, the independent body that oversees all legislative polls, the gap between male and female voters has been falling steadily since 1962 and was the lowest in the last 2009 parliamentary polls.
An analysis by the commission showed that in 16 of the 20 states that went to the polls after 2010, women’s voting percentage was higher than men’s. And, in the two most populous states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, more women’s votes were recorded. Between them, these two states in northern and eastern India account for 120 of the country’s 545 parliamentary seats and are crucial for any party seeking power to win.