There are four Assembly constituencies in the state where female voters outnumber the males though the overall male-female voter ratio in the state is just 1000:907 against the census sex ratio of 918 against 1000 males.
All the four constituencies Garbada in Dahod district,Vyara and Nizar in Tapi district and Mandvi in Surat are in tribal dominated belt of the state.
According to officials of these districts,this indicates two things: there is less discrimination against birth of female child in these tribal areas and registration of females in draft electoral list has been done properly.
According to figures available with the states chief electoral officer (CEO) Anita Karwal,there are 1,01,362 female voters against 1,01,012 male voters in Garbada constituency,95,004 female voters against 93,202 males in Vyara,1,14,729 female voters against 1,12,833 males in Nizer and 1,03,040 female voters against 1,02,934 males in Mandvi. But the total number of female voters in all the 182 Assembly constituencies are only 1,75,52,205 against 1,93,60,832.
While the overall gender ratio in the state as per census figures is against females,Karwal feels that another reason for less number of female voters is the less registration of voters in the age group of 18-29 than their overall population.
While population of youths in 18-29 age group is 22 per cent,Karwal says the registration of voters in this age group so far is 17.03 per cent only. She hopes that the percentage of female voters may go up to some extent if all the voters of this particular age group are covered and enrolled.
To ensure maximum registration of female voters,she has launched a campaign to what she calls as feminisation of voter registration and instructed all the election-related poll officials in the state to go ahead with youth-centric registration of voters and cover all those in this age group.
She is also taking help of Mahila Samakhya,an NGO and Aanganwadi workers to ensure maximum registration of eligible women voters. Besides,the EC has also roped in services of National Cadet Corps,National Social Service and Nehru Yuva Kendra volunteers all over the state for registration of youth voters.
A special campaign for this purpose,she informs,is already on from June 10 to 18. However,the voter registration would continue even after that to ensure all eligible voters in the state are enrolled.