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Analysis of the Indian Electorate from 1998 To 2014
Mar 06, 2014

A comparison of the electoral data as per the final publication of summary revision 2014 (released by the Election Commission of India on 14th February, 2014) with that of last four General Elections (from 1998 onwards) shows that the total electorate size of the country grew by 34.45% from 605,880,192 electors in 1998 to reach 814,591,184 in 2014. This growth was 21.31% relative to an electorate size of 671,487,930 in 2004. Among the 28 states and 7 union territories, Dadra & Nagar Haveli at 53.9% registered the highest rate of growth in electorate size during the period from 2004 to 2014, next followed by Puducherry at 39.1%. Among states, West Bengal registered the highest rate of growth at 31.7%. Among all states and UTs, Andaman & Nicobar Islands registered the lowest rate of growth at 6.7%, next followed by Jammu & Kashmir at 8.9%. In absolute numbers, Uttar Pradesh registered the highest growth in electorate size relative to 2004, while Lakshadweep the lowest.

Comparison of the Indian Electorate from 1951–1952 To 2014

A comparison of the electoral data 2014 with that of previous General Elections shows that the total electorate size of the country grew from 173,212,343 electors in the 1st General Elections of 1951-1952 to become 814,591,184 in 2014—more than 4.7 times the figure in 1951-52. Relative to 1971 (the year since when the sex-wise break-up of electors is available), the size of the total electorate grew by 197.1% or became 2.97 times. Further, both the number of male electors and the number of female electors became 2.97 times of their respective numbers in 1971. The proportion of female electors in the Indian electorate has showed little variation since 1971, always hovering between 47.4% and 48.0%.

Gender-Wise Composition of Electors Aged Between 18 and 19 Years

According to the electoral data, out of a total of 23,161,296 Indian electors aged between 18 and 19 years, male electors constitute 58.6%, female electors 41.4% and electors belonging to the category “Others” constitute 0.018%. Among the 28 states and 7 union territories, 21 states/UTs have a higher proportion of female electors in this age category than that of the national proportion of 41.4%. Nagaland with 50.4% female electors in this age group is the sole state where the number of newly eligible female electors exceeds that of newly eligible male electors. There are 10 states/UTs where the proportion of females among newly eligible electors is less than 40%. Haryana has the lowest proportion at 28.3% followed next by Maharashtra at 35.4%. 15 states/UTs have newly eligible electors belonging to the Others category, with Karnataka having the largest number of such electors, followed next by Andhra Pradesh. 


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