For the first time in Rajasthan, the women's polling booths are a new experiment by the Election Commission to help boost the participation of women in election. The EC named these booths as- 'Pink Booths' as they are exclusively managed by women.
Rajasthan voted yesterday for 199 seats out of 200. Of the 51,965 polling stations across the state, 259 are all women's booths where men and women can come out and vote. Pink booths were decorated with the pink and white balloons.
An election commission official said, 'We are seeing that women's participation is increasing in all sectors- be it government or private. So we wanted to experiment with stations managed exclusively by women. Going forward, we would want more and more such all-women's booths. Hence, the turnout of women in the last assembly election was one percent higher than that of men. Voters lined up early morning at all women's booths.
This time the state voted 74.08% votes. The votes will be counted on December 11 for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.