Meghalaya Polls: State will have 60 ‘Pink’ polling booths
- Meghalaya will be the 3rd state having all-women polling booths
- Before this, Gujarat and Himachal was having this facility
- Out of 3,082 polling stations, 60 will be completely managed and run by women
Meghalaya is left with only a month for the Legislative Assembly Elections and the state is making preparations for the polling to be conducted. As per the information, Meghalaya will have 60 all-women polling booths for voting that will be fully managed and run by women.
Meghalaya will be the 3rd state having all-women polling booths
The Election watch-dog of the country the Election Commission of India is making preparations for the voting to be conducted in the three poll-bound states and out of this, Meghalaya will be the first state having all-women polling booths fully managed by the women after Gujarat and Himachal.
As per the information, out of 3,082 polling stations that will conduct voting during the election, 60 will be completely managed and run by women.
“The decision has been taken to empower women and improve their participation of women voters in the upcoming assembly election in the state,” Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti said here.
Besides Jyoti, Om Prakash Rawat and Sunil Arora were part of the Election Commission team that visited the state to assess election-preparedness.
Adding more information to this, Jyoti said, “Meghalaya chief electoral officer will be setting up one polling station to be looked over by women in each of the 60 assembly constituencies in the state. Such booths, christened as pink booths, will comprise all-women teams for conducting elections, which will include a presiding officer, polling officers, micro observers and security personnel”.
According to the data of the state recorded, There are 8.93 lakh women voters in the state, accounting for 50.52 percent of the total electorate.
The Election Commission has also asked the state to ensure sufficient supply of electricity to polling stations where the power supply is erratic.
State officials have also assured the commission to ensure there is accessibility to persons with disabilities at the polling stations.
“The number of registered voters till date is 17.68 lakh in the state. “Out of these, about 45 percent are first-time voters who are between the age group of 18-20 years,” Jyoti said while adding that around 2,000 names were deleted from the state’s electoral roll since they have either died or have shifted location.