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Poll office to enroll more women voters

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 07, 2012
First Published: 23:26 IST(7/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(7/12/2012)

Delhi may be having one of the best ratios of registered voters but the total population of women voters is still very less in comparison to men in most of the assembly segments.

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According to 2011 census, women constitute 46.4% of the total population in the Capital. Barring a few assembly segments, however, in most pockets of Delhi, women constitute 44% of the total registered voters.

According to the electoral roll published on March 26 this year, Delhi has 1,15,92,686 registered voters, which include 64,88,765 men and 51,03,713 women voters.

"The situation is especially bad in outer parts of the city and rural pockets. We are now going to make efforts to plug this gap," Delhi's chief election officer Vijay Dev said.

Dev said assembly segments like Tughlaqabad, Okhla, Sangam Vihar, Chhatarpur, Badarpur, Karawal Nagar, Deoli, Burari, Rajendra Nagar, Moti Nagar, Vikaspuri and Patparganj have a poor ratio of women voters in comparison to men.

While Delhi has 866 women for every 1,000 men (2011 census), when it comes to voters Tughlaqabad has just 607 female voters for every 1,000 male voters. Okhla is slightly better with 646 female voters, Sangam Vihar has 652 female voters, Chhatarpur has 674 and Badarpur has 690 female voters.

"The gap is huge and we need to plug it fast. Being placed in rural segments, the families generally do not let our team interact with the women. We have now decided to form teams of women officers who will go to these assembly segments and interact with families and enroll as many women voters in Delhi," Dev said.

The new exercise, said Dev, will start after new electoral rolls are published on January 10. The 'all-women teams' would be assigned with dual responsibilities.

"In the first round, the women officers will identify women who are not registered as voters. In the second round, photographs will be taken for photo election cards and the cards distributed. This exercise will be completed before the next assembly elections in November 2013," a senior election officer said.


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