Raipur, Nov 6 (PTI) Women voters outnumber men in 16 of the 20 Assembly seats that will go to polls in the first phase on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh, officials said.
The total number of voters in the 20 constituencies are 40,78,681, comprising 19,93,937 male, 20,84,675 female and 69 third-gender persons, they pointed out.
"Of these, in 16 seats, namely Mohla-Manpur, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Rajnandgaon, Khujji, Pandariya, Kawardha, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot, there are more women voters than men," a poll official said.
"In Kawardha, of the 3,31,615 voters, a total of 1,66,843 are women. The number of male voters is 1,64,770, while there are two transgender persons. In the remaining four seats, Antagarh, Dongargarh, Khairagarh and Dongargaon, there are more men voters than women," he informed.
Of the 5,304 polling booths set up for the first phase, 200 will be 'sangwari' polling stations which will be managed by women staffers, while 20 each will have 'divyanjan' (persons with disabilities) and youth, the official added.
"Of 69 transgender voters in the first phase, Jagdalpur seat has the maximum at 29 followed by eight each in Antagarh and Bijapur, four each in Dongargarh and Narayanpur, three in Keshkal, two each in Kawardha, Rajnandgaon, Kanker, Kondagaon and Bastar and one each in Chitrakot, Dantewada and Konta," he said.
The eight transgender voters in Antagarh assembly segment in Kanker district will be able to cast their votes at a specially designed 'rainbow' model polling station, the official pointed out.
"All eight transgender electors in Antagarh seat live in Pakhanjur area. That is why the 'rainbow' model polling station has been set up at Pakhanjur-3 not only to address the social apprehensions and stigma regarding the third gender but to also make them feel they are an important part of the democracy," Kanker Collector Priyanka Shukla told PTI.
The initiative is possibly the first of its kind in the country, Shukla said, adding that four transgender police personnel will also be deployed for security at this booth.
"This booth has 887 voters, comprising 421 males, 458 females and eight transgender persons," she said.
The polling station has been painted in seven colours of rainbow with tent works of same colourful designs making it visibly attractive. PTI TKP BNM BNM