Aizwal, Nov 24 : An increasing number of women candidates are joining the electoral fray in the forthcoming assembly elections in Mizoram, scheduled to be held on December 2.
Mizo women have not been getting due importance in the state electoral politics although their contribution to Mizo society, economy and the church of the Christian-dominated state has been immense.
This has been despite the women voters outnumbering the male voters.
According to records, out of the total of 611,124 voters, there are 308,884women voters as against the 302,240 male voters.
Ten women candidates are among 206 candidates contesting for a place in the 40-seat assembly inspite of the fact that none of the seven women contenders won last assembly elections in 2003.
"We are taking more and more active part in politics and I am personally also encouraging it, even the younger generation to come out and take more part in politics because in Mizoram the women are the real workers," said Zothankimi, a candidate of Indian National Congress.
Women in the state feel that there should be more women candidates to represent them.
Over 611,000 voters will elect candidate to the 40 member State Assembly on December 2. Counting is due to take place on December 8.
The Election Commission has set up 1026 polling stations for the elections.
The main contest is between the Mizo National Front (MNF), which is contesting 39 seats, and the Congress party, which is in fray for all 40 seats.