Despite all talk of women’s emancipation, the recently held three byelections have revealed a widening gender ‘turnout gap’ with fewer women voting than men.In Ajmer, 63.63 women cast their vote while male ratio is at 67.46, almost a four per cent higher. The turnout was no different in Alwar too. Here also there was 4 per cent difference in turnout between 64.01 of male and 59.59 of female. Mandalgarh can be said the best as here the gap was just three per cent – 80.17 male against 77.14 female.The most worrying factor for all political parties is that the downward trend in turnout in not just confined to fair sex as over all voter turnout showed a dip of four per cent.It also raises questions about election body of Rajasthan which has failed to a certain extent to make voters aware under its SVEEP programs to cast votes.The indication surfaced in the final tally of voter turnout which was released by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Tuesday.Rajasthan over the years has seen change in the women voter turnout. Since 1952 women turnout used to be less in general elections but it increased progressively in assembly elections. But still more efforts are needed to bring them to the polling booths.Re-polling will not be held at any booth as there were no reports of any irregularity or malpractice. The counting of votes will begin February 1. However, the overall turnout figures declared on Monday have changed slightly.In Ajmer and Alwar parliamentary seats the final voter turnout stood at 65.59 and 61.93 percent respectively while it was reported 65.20 and 61.86 on Monday. Lone assembly seat Mandalgarh recorded 78.68 percent voter turnout not 78.78 percent as reported on Monday.Skewed statisticsIn Ajmer, 63.63 women cast their vote while male ratio is at 67.46, almost a four per cent higher. The turnout was no different in Alwar too. Here also there was 4 per cent difference in turnout between 64.01 of male and 59.59 of female. Mandalgarh can be said the best as here the gap was just three per cent – 80.17 male against 77.14 female. The most worrying factor for all political parties is that the downward trend in turnout in not just confined to fair sex as over all voter turnout showed a dip of four per cent.

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Jaipur: Women shun polling booths