Women voters continue to outstrip men in Mizoram

Aizawl, Jan 30 (IANS) Women voters once again outnumbered men by 12,580 in the total electorate of 696,448 in Mizoram, officials said here Thursday.

With a total population of 1,091,014 (2011 census), Mizoram is the only state in India where women voters have been outnumbering men for the past many years.
“Of the total electorate of 696,448, there were 354,514 women voters while the number of their male counterparts was 341,934,” an election department official told reporters referring to the recently published voters’ list.
Though women voters outnumbered men in last year’s Nov 25 assembly elections, no woman candidate was elected to the state assembly in Mizoram, where a patriarchal society exists.
There has been no woman legislator in Mizoram for the past two decades.
In the Nov 25 assembly elections, among the 142 candidates in the field there were only six women aspirants four percent) — nominated by various political parties.