In a historic move, women have been assigned the entire responsibility of managing the voting process in all 201 polling stations of an assembly constituency in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. This groundbreaking initiative is touted as the first of its kind in the country.
The second and final phase of assembly polls, comprising 70 seats in the state, commenced on Friday morning.
The district administration highlighted that Raipur City North seat has 201 polling stations, all designated as ‘Sangwari booths,’ where every role, from the presiding officer to the polling officer, is filled by women.
In Raipur North assembly constituency, where women officers manage all the polling booths, the sex ratio is reported as 1010, meaning there are 1010 women for every thousand men, as stated by the district administration.
The Observer for this seat is woman IAS officer Vimla R, and her Liaison Officer is also a woman. Security in most of the booths will also be managed by women personnel.
This historic event marks an important milestone in promoting gender inclusivity and empowerment in the electoral process, showcasing the significant role of women in the democratic activities of the two constituencies.
Repurposed article originally published in NDTV