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906 female voters against every 1000 males

Adivasi-dominated areas continue to be the best

JAIPUR: The adverse male-female ratio in Rajasthan is reflected in the final voters list for the forthcoming State Assembly elections in Decemberwith 906 female voters against every 1,000 males.

The voters list, updated till September 29, recorded a decline of three female voters per 100 males from the previous revision made in June 30 this year. In the latest revision, 16.18 lakh new voters have been added, which now stands at 3.62 crore. “We are aware of the gender aspect in the revised list,” said Chief Electoral Officer of Rajasthan Vinod Zutshi on the latest update of the electoral rolls here over the weekend.

The State has 19,000,430 male voters against 17,213,900 female voters. The worst cases of the adverse male-female ratio are the urban constituencies. The newly created Vidhyadhar Nagar seat here has 802 female voters against 1,000 males.

Vidhyadhar Nagar has the maximum number of voters at 2.4 lakhs followed by Jhotwara (also in Jaipur) with 2.3 lakh voters. Dholpur district has three constituencies with the minimum number of voters — Baseri (1,2639), Rajakhera (1,33433) and Dholpur (1,3522).

The female voter population stands at 820 and 826 against 100 males in the Civil Lines and Kishenpole (also in Jaipur city) respectively.

The rural areas also are not free from this malaise. Sapotra constituency in Karauli district has a male-female ratio of 1000: 819.

The Adivasi-dominated constituencies of Kapasan in Chittorgarh district and Ghatol in Banswara district continue to be the best, accounting for the maximum presence of women voters at 998 and 993 respectively.

Expressing satisfaction over the process of enlisting the voters and preparing the photo identity cards, Mr. Zutshi said identity cards had already been prepared for 89 per cent voters and the work was still on. Special camps would be held in October for further improving the photo electoral rolls. Even in November, the voters could get them made from camps to be set up in the district headquarter towns, he informed.

Corrections and Clarifications

The fifth paragraph in a report "Adverse sex ratio comes to the fore"(October 5, 2008) was "The female voter population stands at 820 and 826against 100 males in the Civil Lines and Kishenpole (also in Jaipur city)respectively." It should have been "against 1000 males". (The secondparagraph had the same error.)