Patna: In nearly one-third assembly constituencies going to polls in the second phase in Bihar, there would be no women candidate. 

According to Election Commission data, there is no woman candidate in fray in 13 of the 45 assembly constituencies going to polls on October 24 and in the entire second phase a little less than eight per cent women are contesting.

Women constitute nearly 46 per cent of voters in the constituencies going to polls. The total electorate in second phase is 98.4 lakh, including 45.6 lakh women. 

But when it comes to women representation, political parties have fielded only 46 candidates of the fair sex against 577 males candidates for the second phase of the elections. 

"In 2005 also there were 136 women candidates in Bihar assembly elections which is just six per cent of the total candidates. But the performance of women candidates was much better than men. Nearly 18 per cent women candidates became MLAs while among males just 10 per cent of candidates could become MLAs," Manorama Bakshi, Program Officer, Association of Democratic Reforms said.

In the second phase, constituencies with no woman contestant include Pipra, Gaura Bauram, Benipur, Darbhanga, Bahadarpur, Keoti, Jale, Kurhani, Warisnagar, Ujiarpur, Sarairanjan, Bibhutipur and Hasanpur. 

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