The 2020 legislative elections are interesting, be it campaigning of political parties, the selection of candidates but also in terms of the percentage of women who participated in the elections. In terms of women candidates that contested this year’s elections is impressive as compared to past. Out of the total 672 candidates in the fray in these assembly polls, 79 are women which are over 11 percent of the total contestants. The three major parties AAP, BJP, and Congress had given tickets to 24 women candidates in the 2020 Delhi Assembly Elections. Among 24 women candidates, 8 Women Candidates Win Assembly Polls, and all are from AAP.
In previous legislative elections in 2015, 66 of the 673 contestants, over 9 percent, were women, but only six of them were elected to the house. In 2013, only three women MLAs won out of 71 contesting women candidates out of a total of 810 contestants.
However, the number of women in the fray was highest in 2008 at 81 out of 875, a little below 10 percent, but only three were elected. Similarly in 2003 seven women MLAs were elected to Delhi’s third assembly among 78 women candidates out of the total 817 candidates in the fray.
Till now it was the 1998 assembly elections when the Congress wrested power and SheilaDikshit became the chief minister for the first time, there were 57 females in the fray. This time, the highest number of women MLAs – nine – were elected to the House. In its first assembly election in 1993, Delhi saw 59 women in the fray out of record total of 1,316 candidates, but only three were elected.
About the female voters, the number has also increased the number of eligible women voters who exercised their franchise jumped from 39.3 lakh in 2015 to 41.7 lakh this time, an increase of 2.4 lakh or 6.1%.
Regarding the gap between male and female voters which was 1.7% in 2008, it dropped to 0.8% in 2013 and increased to 1.1% in 2015. It has now reduced to a record low of 0.07%.
In 2015, Delhi witnessed a record voter turnout of 67.12%, the voting percentage of men was 67.63%, while 66.49% of women exercised their franchise. In 2013, the overall turnout was 65.63%, comprising 66.03% men and 65.14% women. Although the voter’s percentage has dropped since the last 2015 elections But this time the percentage of female voters is nearly equal to male voters. According to Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh, 62.62% men and 62.55% women cast their votes on 8 February 2020, while the total voting percentage was 62.59%.
Even During his 2020 election campaign, CM Kejriwal during his 2020 Delhi election campaign had tweeted to request women of Delhi to vote. Kejriwal wrote, “All of you women must go to vote and take the men in your families along with you. Discuss with men who it is, who is right to vote for”. And women of Delhi paid back and voted paving way for a massive victory for Aam Aadmi Party.