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WB polls: Minority women in two booths to vote for first time

Last Updated: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 14:41

Purulia (WB): Around 641 women belonging to a
minority community will vote for the first time in two polling
booths in Raghunathpur constituency in Purulia district
tomorrow in the fifth phase of the West Bengal Assembly
The women had not voted earlier because they did not
have Electoral Photo Identity Cards since they were unwilling
to be photographed by a male photographer, District Magistrate
and District Election Officer A Singh said today.

Honouring their wishes, a female photographer was
employed to take their photos, Singh said.

In addition, both the booths will also have all female
polling personnel as the women insisted that they wouldn`t
vote otherwise, he said.
"The district administration has also accepted this
demand," Singh said, adding that this would be the first time
that women belonging to the community voted from these two
polling booths.

The two booths have 1460 voters of which 641 are
the minority women.


First Published: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 14:41

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