Hailakandi, April 19, 2019:
Women voters far outnumbered men in the overall polling percentage in
Hailakandi district that falls under 1 Karimganj (SC) Parliamentary Constituency.
In the polls conducted on Thursday, women voters recorded overall 77.81 percent in
comparison to only 49.72 percent male voters. Of the total 2,28,750 women voters, 1,77,999 turned out to exercise their franchise.
Algapur LAC witnessed the highest poll percentage of women voters at 83.17 followed by 7 Katlicherra LAC at 77.50 percent and 6 Hailakandi LAC at 73.15 percent.
The district recorded an overall 63.03 percent voting. There are eight LACs under 1
Karimganj (SC) Parliamentary Constituency out of which three falls in Hailakandi district.
Due to ‘SVEEP’ing initiatives, the turnout of women was higher this time compared to
previous elections, thanks to the district administration headed by Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer, Keerthi Jalli.
Spearheading the campaign, Jalli visited different parts of the district to appeal to the
women voters to come out and vote to leave behind their household chores for a while to assert their democratic right.
Jalli toured remote and far-flung areas of the district falling under South Hailakandi
development block to urge the women voters to make their presence felt in a big way on the polling day.
Coinciding with the festival of colors, Holi, DC Jalli played Holi with the married
Bengali women voters and gifted shakha (bangles) to them. She went from door to door
appealing to them to vote.
To woo women voters and to inculcate hygiene on the menstrual cycle, the administration
distributed sanitary pads free of cost.
Believing in women power, the administration organized sporting events in which young
girls and sportswomen demonstrated their sporting prowess and also took the pledge to persuade their parents, relatives, family, and friends to come out on polling day.
Saas-Bahu Sanmelan, Aideur Chora and Chandraprabha were organized to sensitize
women voters on the importance of voting.
For the convenience of women voters, the administration set up six women polling
stations, two each in the three LACs.