Today, voting in Rajasthan is underway for 199-seats and what’s different this time are the “Pink Booths”, which are exclusively managed by the women in the state.
Out of 51965 polling stations, 259 are all-women booths where women and men together can come out to cast their vote.
The “Pink Booths” are uniquely decorated with white and pink balloons, this is a kind of new experiment undertaken by the EC (Election Commission) to help to increase the women’s participation in the country’s electoral system.
An election officer from one such pink booth in Jhalrapatan said, “We are seeing that women’s participation is increasing in all sectors – be it government or private. So we wanted to experiment with stations managed exclusively by women. Going forward, we would want more and more such all women’s booths.” Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje voted in Jhalrapatan in ‘pink booth’ today early in the morning.
Interesting, the women’s turnout in the state’s last assembly elections was one percent higher than the men.
From early morning, voters have lined up at all-women’s booths to cast their votes. A group of women from Rajasthan also said that the choice to cast the vote is their personal and own and they will not consult their husband over this matter.
A voter from the group said, “We are here to vote for safe and “swachh” Rajasthan. Would want more and more women to come forward and vote.”
Voting in the state will continue till 5 pm and the result will be declared on December 11 along with Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana Assembly Elections result.
This year, in Rajasthan Assembly Elections, state-ruling BJP and Congress are the main contenders. While BJP’s Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is looking forward to sustaining the power by riding on her schemes, on the other hand, Congress is counting on anti-incumbency and yet not announced a Chief Ministerial candidate for the state.