While the second phase of Bihar Assembly elections got over somewhat peacefully, seven polling booths in Bihar’s Gaya district is what marked a historic change. Hundreds of voters turned up to cast their votes in these booths which were was managed by all-women staff. Talking about the feat, district election officer Sanjay Agarwal said:
“It was something unbelievable till a few years ago, but now seven model polling booths in Gaya town assembly constituency were fully managed by women officials. The presiding officer, the micro observers, the polling agent as well as the security personnel are all women,”
While two of these model polling booths were set up in Gaya college, other five were in Mahavir High School Middle school in Gaya town, which is about 100 km from the main city.
While confirming that the voting went peaceful in these areas, Agarwal added that voters praised the polling booths managed by women and that their response has been positive.
In the second phase of the Bihar election, polling took place in 32 of the 243 constituencies, including many Maoist-affected areas which are spread across six districts.