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Concern over decline in women voters
 HAILAKANDI, Nov 24 – The Divisional Commissioner of Hills and Barak Valley, Dr Arij Ahmed has expressed serious concern over the decline of women voters in Hailakandi district.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Dr Ahmed said that the matter should be treated seriously as this is not a healthy trend in the democratic process. Speaking on the data, he said that earlier, there were 949 females per 1,000 males but now it has come down to 883 as per the draft 2011 voters list. He urged all sections of people including non-governmental organisations, religious institutions, etc., to come forward for enlisting names of all people above 18 years. He said that NGOs have a greater role to play regarding the enlistment of the names of female voters throughout the district, particularly in the remote villages.

Dr Ahmed also urged the voters to visit the nearest polling stations and see the draft list and if any mistake is found, the person concerned will have to apply in a specified form. He also mentioned the toll free telephone number, 1950, for getting information about the voters list. Dr Ahmed informed that there are 29 D-voters in Hailakandi district.

It may be mentioned here that the total voters of Hailakandi district as per the new draft list stand at 4,20,820. Of these, 2,23,476 are males and 1,97,344 are females. A total of 28,325 forms have been issued throughout the district for the correction of names, etc., in the draft voters’ list, Election Office sources said.

In Cachar district also, Dr Ahmed reviewed the overall progress of draft voters list at Rajiv Bhawan in Silchar and urged the people to include correct data in the list. He also held a separate discussion with the members of NGOs, leaders of various political parties, heads of all educational institutions and the officers of Information and Public Relations Department. In Cachar, the names of 9,98,735 people have been included in the draft voters list. About 50,000 forms have been distributed for the correction of names, etc., in the list.

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