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IN HAMIRPUR district, the fate of all the candidates is in the hand of the womenfolk. It is the only district in the state where the number of women in the ‘general electors’ category exceeds the male ‘general electors’ in all five assembly segments that fall under it. The main reason for this is the fact that a considerable number of male voters are serving in defence and paramilitary forces and their votes are under the ‘service electors’ category. At 12 per cent, Hamirpur district’s service electors percentage is the highest among all 12 districts of the state.
As per data available with the Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, there are a total of 1,90,661 ‘general women voters’ against 1,83 055 ‘general male voters’. Hamirpur has five assembly segments — Bhoranj (SC), Sujanpur, Hamirpur, Naduan and Barsar. In Bhoranj there are 38,335 women voters against 36,212 male voters, in Sujanpur, the number of women voters is 34,557 against 32,311 male voters.
Hamirpur has 34,289 women electors against 33,935, Barsar has 40,612 women voters against 38,509 male voters and Nadaun has 42,868 female voters against 42,180 male voters. In the district there are 11,731 ‘service electors’, including 9,780 men and 1,951 women.
“It is a matter of pride that more women voters are registered in Hamirpur district and women are quite active in politics here,’ said Saroj Rani, a resident. “Even in every rally and meeting, the women presence has been quite visible here as they quite aware and educated,” said Anita Kumari, a resident of Saloni under Barsar constituency. Meanwhile, of 68 Vidhan Sabha Assembly segments in the state, including five of Hamirpur, eight more assembly segments have more women voters than men. These include Mandi, which has 10 assembly segments, five segments such as Jogindernanar, Dharampur, Sarkaghat, Mandi and Bahl and Kangra district’s three segments out of a total of 15, including Dehra, Jaisinghpur and Sullah.
The state also has 12 third gender voters, including seven from Solan district alone.