Monday, 24 March 2014

Only 120 Winners Secured 50% or More of Total Votes Polled in 2009 General Elections

Elections to the Lok Sabha are carried out using the first-past-the-post electoral system. Under this system, the candidate securing the majority votes of the total votes polled is declared elected, irrespective of percentage of total votes polled or the total number of eligible voters.
In the General Elections 2009, out of 543 Lok Sabha seats, 120 seats were won by the candidates who secured 50% or more of the total votes polled in their respective constituencies. This meant that on remaining 423 seats (nearly 78 % of total 543 seats), the winning candidates could not secure 50% of total votes polled.  
Out of 42 Lok Sabha Seats in West Bengal, half of the seats were won by candidates securing 50% or more of the total votes polled, number-wise the highest among all states.   Rajasthan had 15 such winners out of 25 Lok Sabha seats, which meant every third out of five successful candidates from the state got 50% or more of the votes polled. Not far behind was the state of Maharashtra, where 10 successful contestants got 50% or more of total votes polled.
Uttar Pradesh though came fourth with nine such winners, percentage wise only one out of ten successful candidates got victory with this margin, given the total number of Lok Sabha seats in the state is 80. Following Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala both had 8 winners who got 50% or more of the total votes. Out of 42 seats in Andhra Pradesh, only one winner could get as many votes to win with such margin.
Amid states with ten or more Lok Sabha seats, Jharkhand was the only state where none of the winners could get 50% or more of total votes polled. Apart from Jharkhand, states/ UTs like Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Puducherryhad no winners who could get as many votes. In Delhi, six out of seven MPs won with 50% or more votes.
Following table shows state wise number of winning candidates who secured 50 or more of the total votes polled in 2009 General Elections-


Sl No
State/ UT
Total Seats
Winners who got 50% or more of total votes polled
Percentage of such winners vis-à-vis Total Seats
1
Andhra Pradesh
42
1
2.38
2
Arunachal Pradesh
2
1
50
3
Assam
14
1
7.14
4
Bihar
40
4
10
5
Chhattisgarh
11
2
18.18
6
Goa
2
0
0
7
Gujarat
26
8
30.76
8
Haryana
10
1
10
9
Himachal Pradesh
4
2
50
10
Jammu and Kashmir
6
1
16.66
11
Jharkhand
14
0
0
12
Karnataka
28
5
17.85
13
Kerala
20
8
40
14
Madhya Pradesh
29
7
24.13
15
Maharashtra
48
10
20.83
16
Manipur
2
0
0
17
Meghalaya
2
0
0
18
Mizoram
1
1
100
19
Nagaland*
1
1
100
20
Odisha
21
5
23.80
21
Punjab
13
3
23.07
22
Rajasthan
25
15
60
23
Sikkim
1
1
100
24
Tamil Nadu
39
3
7.69
25
Tripura
2
2
100
26
Uttarakhand
5
0
0
27
Uttar Pradesh
80
9
11.25
28
West Bengal
42
21
50
29
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
1
0
0
30
Chandigarh
1
0
0
31
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
1
0
0
32
Delhi
7
6
85.71
33
Daman and Diu
1
1
100
34
Lakshadweep
1
1
100
35
Puducherry
1
0
0
Total
543
120
22.09

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