9 lakh women voters disappear from MP

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Bhopal, Nov 24 (UNI) More than nine lakh female voters have mysteriously disappeared from Madhya Pradesh in the last five years if the statistics of the election office are to be believed.

On the other hand, as many as 6.57 lakh male voters also went missing as the number of registered voters declined by 15,66,365 since the previous assembly elections in 2003, official data shows.

The election office is at a loss to explain the reasons behind the drastic fall as normally substantial increase in the electorate is recorded in five years. The voters list was pruned to delete those absentees caused by deaths and shifting of residence In 2003, Madhya Pradesh had 3,78,45,538 registered voters, including 1,80,71,880 women. Surprisingly, this time, their number reduced to 3,62,79,173, including 1,71,633,58 women.

Official sources said after the publication of the final electoral rolls in September end this year, 4.27 lakh voters were added in the second supplementary list while deleting only 40,203 voters.

Deletions were mainly in Bhind, Guna, Sidhi, Singrauli, Balaghat, Chhindwara and Khandwa districts, the sources added.

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