No woman candidate in one-third seats in second phase

In nearly one-third assembly constituencies going to polls in the second phase in Bihar, there would be no women candidate.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 22:08 PM IST

Patna: In nearly one-third assembly
constituencies going to polls in the second phase in Bihar,
there would be no women candidate.

According to Election Commission data, there is no woman
candidate in fray in 13 of the 45 assembly constituencies
going to polls on October 24 and in the entire second phase a
little less than eight per cent women are contesting.

Women constitute nearly 46 per cent of voters in the
constituencies going to polls. The total electorate in second
phase is 98.4 lakh, including 45.6 lakh women.

But when it comes to women representation, political
parties have fielded only 46 candidates of the fair sex
against 577 males candidates for the second phase of the
elections.

"In 2005 also there were 136 women candidates in Bihar
assembly elections which is just six per cent of the total
candidates. But the performance of women candidates was much
better than men. Nearly 18 per cent women candidates became
MLAs while among males just 10 per cent of candidates could
become MLAs," Manorama Bakshi, Program Officer, Association of
Democratic Reforms said.

In the second phase, constituencies with no woman
contestant include Pipra, Gaura Bauram, Benipur, Darbhanga,
Bahadarpur, Keoti, Jale, Kurhani, Warisnagar, Ujiarpur,
Sarairanjan, Bibhutipur and Hasanpur.

-PTI