General Elections 2009: Indian Islands Complete Polling

by OldSailor on April 18, 2009

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India_General_Elections_2009_MapPolling for the General Elections 2009 in India has commenced on April 16. The 15th Lok Sabha need to be constituted before June 02.

Some interesting facts about General Elections 2009 are:

  • Around 714 million voters from 28 States and 7 Union Territories are to vote in the elections.
  • Voting through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). 13,68,430 EVMs are going to be used.
  • Polling stations: 8,28,804 polling stations.
  • Number of Lok Sabha constituencies: 543
    • out of 543 constituencies, 84 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (15.5%)
    • out of 543 constituencies, 47 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (8.7%)
  • Photo Electoral Rolls are to be used in 522 Lok Sabha constituencies.
  • Photographs of 82% voters are printed in Photo Electoral Rolls for easy identification.
  • Being conducted in five phases by the Election Commission of India.
    • First phase on April 16
    • Second phase on April 23
    • Third phase on April 30
    • Fourth phase on May 07
    • Fifth phase on May 13
  • Counting of votes is scheduled on May 16 and all the results are expected on the same day.

Andaman & Nicobar islands and Lakshadweep islands completed polling in the first phase of elections held on April 16.

Some interesting features of Lakshadweep islands are:

  • Represents as one Parliamentary Constituency. Lakshadweep_islands
  • Smallest constituency with an area of 30.3 sq km.
  • Constituency type: Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Total number of polling stations: 40
    • Agatti: 4
    • Amini: 6
    • Andrott: 6
    • Bitra: 1
    • Chetlat: 1
    • Kadmat: 4
    • Kalpeni: 3
    • Kavaratti: 5
    • Kiltan: 2
    • Minicoy: 8
  • Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were brought from Kochi to Kavaratti by MV Tippu Sultan. An exclusive helicopter was deployed at Kavaratti to transport EVMs to other islands and to bring them back after polling.
  • Electoral Roll Data:
  • Island Male Female Total
    Agatti 2586 2381 4967
    Amini 2785 2801 5586
    Andrott 3828 4018 7846
    Bitra 110 72 182
    Chetlat 806 756 1562
    Kadmat 1845 1862 3707
    Kalpeni 1544 1524 3068
    Kavaratti 4243 3740 7983
    Kiltan 1361 1328 2689
    Minicoy 4356 3990 8346
    23464 22472 45936
  • Number of candidates contested: 4
  • Voter turnout on April 16: 85.36 %
  • More details are available at Chief Electoral Officer, Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti.

Some interesting features of Andaman & Nicobar islands are:Andaman_Nicobar_Islands

  • The Andaman & Nicobar group of Islands is one Parliamentary Constituency and is 700 km long.
  • Many places require 35-40 hours journey by ships. Poll personnel to some places were dispatched by helicopter.
  • Constituency type: General
  • Area of 8249 sq km.
  • Number of polling stations: 347
  • Electoral Roll Data:
    • Males: 1,39,951
    • Females: 1,23,747
  • Number of EVMs used:
    • Campell Bay: 14
    • Diglipur: 60
    • Ferrargunj: 57
    • Little Andaman: 18
    • Mayabunder: 30
    • Nancowrie: 34
    • Nicobar: 22
    • Port Blair: 153
    • Rangat: 52
  • Number of candidates contested: 11
  • Voter turnout on April 16: 62 %
  • More details are available at Andaman & Nicobar Administration.

Here is a photograph from Press Information Bureau.

The voters standing in a queue for casting their votes at a polling booth at Agatti Island, Lakshadweep during General Elections-2009 on April 16, 2009.

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Here is the photograph of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)

EVM

Here are some interesting facts about 1st to 14th Lok Sabha

AAM: Average Age of Members; EQM: Educational Qualification of Members; UM: Under Matriculates; M: Matriculates; UG: Under Graduates; G: Graduates; PG: Post Graduates; D: Doctorates

INC: Indian National Congress; JP: Janata Party; JD: Janata Dal; SJP: Samajwadi Janata Party; BJP: Bharatiya Janata Part; NDA: National Democratic Alliance; UPA: United Progressive Alliance

Lok Sabha(year) AAM EQM -UMs EQM -M/UGs EQM -Gs EQM-PGs EQM -Ds Voter Turnout  % Ruling Party
1st(1952) 46.5 112 88 177 85 15 61.22 INC
2nd(1957) 46.7 120 90 160 92 9 62.2 INC
3rd(1962) 49.4 141 87 157 98 7 55.42 INC
4th(1967) 48.7 54 101 172 113 17 61.33 INC
5th(1971) 49.2 119 82 178 127 8 55.29 INC
6th(1977) 52.1 52 132 205 132 9 60.49 JP
7th(1980) 49.9 53 118 213 136 8 56.92 INC
8th(1984) 51.4 42 112 238 131 10 63.56 INC
9th(1989) 51.3 10 94 233 124 17 61.95 JD/SJP
10th(1991) 51.4 18 101 220 145 20 56.93 INC
11th(1996) 52.8 15 102 222 149 29 57.94 BJP/JD
12th(1998) 46.4 12 107 237 149 24 61.97 BJP
13th(1999) 55.5 15 90 256 145 27 59.99 BJP/NDA
14th(2004) 52.63 19 96 249 157 22 57.65 INC/UPA

For more details, log on to Election Commission of India, General Elections 2009.

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