Kerala women voters still outnumber men

Thiruvananthapuram, March 4 (IANS) As in the past, women outnumber men in the latest electoral rolls of Kerala released on Friday ahead in the May 16 assembly polls.

According to the figures released by chief electoral officer E.K. Majhi here, there 13, 301,435 women voters as against 12, 326,185 men.

Kerala will go to the polling stations on May 16 to elect 140 legislators and the results will be declared on May 19.

“There will be 21,498 polling booths in 12,038 polling locations… 60 more polling booths compared to the 2011 assembly polls,” Majhi told reporters here.

There will be 1.50 lakh poll officials including police officials who will ensure smooth conduct of the poll, he added.

Majhi said that in the latest revisions, the names of 38,399 duplicate voters in the list were removed as were another 82016 voters who passed away.

“This was done following the representations made by various political parties’ representatives to the chief election commissioner when he visited here recently. People who have not enrolled can continue to do so till the date of nominations, which is April 29,” he said.

The electronic voting machines that will be used have already arrived and the first round of checking is over.

A total of 12 assembly constituencies spread in 10 districts will have the newly-developed voter verifiable paper audit trail machines where the voter can countercheck after pressing the button, if he his vote has been registered in the name of the candidate he wished.

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