An analysis of the Indian Electorate from 1998 to 2014

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

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

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.

Table 1: Number of Electors in States/UTs in General Elections
No: of Electors in: Election Year
State/UT 1998 1999 2004 2009 2014
Andaman & Nicobar Islands 232,013 247,384 241,645 265,108 257,856
Andhra Pradesh 49,133,135 49,654,389 51,146,342 57,892,259 62,385,949
Arunachal Pradesh 565,621 611,572 684,034 734,541 753,216
Assam 14,277,806 14,290,673 15,014,874 17,470,329 18,723,032
Bihar 58,766,580 58,788,098 50,559,672 54,505,246 62,108,447
Chandigarh 531,146 585,006 527,684 524,444 580,700
Chattisgarh* 0 0 13,719,442 15,476,577 17,521,563
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 95,832 98,376 122,681 150,704 188,783
Daman & Diu 71,934 72,216 79,232 95,382 102,260
Goa 880,746 908,849 941,167 1,020,794 1,043,304
Gujarat 28,770,306 29,512,402 33,675,062 36,484,281 39,871,571
 
No: of Electors in: Election Year
State/UT 1998 1999 2004 2009 2014
Haryana 11,086,895 11,038,955 12,320,557 12,087,710 15,594,427
Himachal Pradesh 3,628,864 3,786,479 4,181,995 4,606,674 4,674,187
Jammu & Kashmir 5,022,782 5,030,094 6,368,115 6,572,896 6,933,118
Jharkhand* 0 0 16,812,339 17,934,095 19,948,683
Karnataka 33,098,338 34,284,098 38,592,095 41,790,939 44,694,658
Kerala 21,188,712 22,058,901 21,125,473 21,859,536 23,792,270
Lakshadweep 36,738 37,619 39,033 45,983 47,972
Madhya Pradesh 44,607,368 46,915,473 38,390,101 38,085,179 47,544,647
Maharashtra 56,205,250 56,853,196 63,012,208 72,954,058 78,966,642
Manipur 1,330,209 1,372,339 1,536,510 1,736,251 1,739,005
Meghalaya 1,157,494 1,178,250 1,289,374 1,277,739 1,553,028
Mizoram 442,457 449,406 549,959 629,374 696,448
Nagaland 926,569 955,914 1,041,433 1,321,878 1,174,663
NCT OF Delhi 8,297,622 8,712,530 8,763,475 11,096,854 12,060,493
Odisha 23,393,600 24,187,490 25,651,989 27,194,864 28,880,803
Puducherry 665,486 701,990 636,667 762,440 885,458
Punjab 15,344,540 15,717,304 16,615,399 16,958,380 19,207,230
Rajasthan 29,751,400 31,106,488 34,712,385 37,060,011 42,559,543
Sikkim 236,494 255,377 281,937 300,584 362,326
Tamil Nadu 45,577,788 47,733,664 47,252,271 41,620,460 53,752,682
Tripura 1,727,463 1,796,055 1,978,222 2,082,265 2,379,541
Uttar Pradesh 101,982,480 102,946,404 110,624,490 116,006,374 134,351,297
Uttarakhand* 0 0 5,562,637 5,887,724 6,786,394
West Bengal 46,846,524 47,649,856 47,437,431 52,493,168 62,468,988
Total 605,880,192 619,536,847 671,487,930 716,985,101 814,591,184
*States constituted after 1999
Data Source: Election Commission of India (data as on 14th February, 2014)


Table 2: Distribution of Electors between States & Union Territories

Election Year
1998 1999 2004 2009 2014
% of Electors in UTs 1.64% 1.69% 1.55% 1.80% 1.73%
% of Electors in States 98.36% 98.31% 98.45% 98.20% 98.27%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Data Source: Election Commission of India (data as on 14th February, 2014)

Table 3: States/UTs having Largest number of Electors
Election Year

1998 1999 2004 2009
2014

State
/UT
Electors (%)* State
/UT
Electors (%)* State
/UT
Electors (%)* State
/UT
Electors (%)* State
/UT
Electors (%)*
1 Uttar Pradesh 16.8% Uttar Pradesh 16.6% Uttar Pradesh 16.5% Uttar Pradesh 16.2% Uttar Pradesh 16.5%
2 Bihar 9.7% Bihar 9.5% Mahar
ashtra
9.4% Mahar
ashtra
10.2% Mahar
ashtra
9.7%
3 Mahar
ashtra
9.3% Mahar
ashtra
9.2% Andhra Pradesh 7.6% Andhra Pradesh 8.1% West Bengal 7.7%
4 Andhra Pradesh 8.1% Andhra Pradesh 8.0% Bihar 7.5% Bihar 7.6% Andhra Pradesh 7.7%
5 West
Bengal
7.7% Tamil Nadu 7.7% West
Bengal
7.1% West Bengal 7.3% Bihar 7.6%
Largest 5
51.6%
51.0%
48.1%
49.4%
49.1%
* Electors (%) is the number of Electors from the respective state/UT as a proportion of total electors of the country for that year.
Data Source: Election Commission of India (data as on 14th February, 2014)

Table 4: States having Smallest number of Electors
Election Year

1998 1999 2004 2009 2014

State Electors (%)* State Electors (%)* State Electors (%)* State Electors (%)* State Electors (%)*
1 Sikkim 0.0390% Sikkim 0.0412% Sikkim 0.0420% Sikkim 0.0419% Sikkim 0.0445%
2 Mizoram 0.0730% Mizoram 0.0725% Mizoram 0.0819% Mizoram 0.0878% Mizoram 0.0855%
3 Arunachal Pradesh 0.0934% Arunachal Pradesh 0.0987% Arunachal Pradesh 0.1019% Arunachal Pradesh 0.1024% Arunachal Pradesh 0.0925%
4 Goa 0.1454% Goa 0.1467% Goa 0.1402% Goa 0.1424% Goa 0.1281%
5 Nagaland 0.1529% Nagaland 0.1543% Nagaland 0.1551% Meghalaya 0.1782% Nagaland 0.1442%
Smallest 5
0.5037%
0.5135%
0.5210%
0.5527%
0.4947%
* Electors (%) is the number of Electors from the respective state as a proportion of total electors of the country for that year.
Data Source: Election Commission of India (data as on 14th February, 2014)
 


 

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