Hopes Dashed, Nagaland Failed To Elect A Female Representative Once Again!

| March 3 , 2018 , 19:34 IST

Voting for 60-seat Assembly Nagaland took place on February 27 and the counting of votes has already begun. While three-time elected Chief Minister of the state Neiphiu Rio of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was elected unopposed, the fate of other candidates is almost sealed as BJP moves towards confirmed victory.

It has been 54 years since Nagaland received the honour of statehood but the womanhood is yet to achieve its well-deserved face in the state. 12 assembly elections later, the state is still to witness a female candidate winning the elections. Women might have contested in elections before but have not been elected.

This year, 5 out of 195 candidates are female in the state's assembly elections. However, their fate is hanging off a thin thread. Although, the results of the past elections can exhaust all hopes of a woman actually representing the state. Due to the saddening fact, political parties refrain from issuing tickets to females.

Notably, the ruling party has not filed for any female candidate. Among the 5 women representatives of 2018 assembly elections, Wedie-u Kronu and Mangyangpula are contesting the polls on National People's Party (NPP) tickets from Dimapur-III and Noksen Assembly constituencies whereas Rakhila is representing BJP from Tuensang Sadar-II seat.

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While Rekha Rose Dukru is fighting as an Independent candidate from Chizami constituency, Awan Konyak is the nominee for the newly-formed Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) from Aboi seat. Sadly, the trend of no women winning elections have discouraged the female members of political parties from contesting elections.

"No woman in the party has shown interest in contesting the polls," confirmed NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu. State's voters do not seem to be very happy with the way the government has been working. With no improvement in gender-related issues, it will be interesting to see if these election results bring any significant change to the state.

Rano Shaiza, the only elected female representative of the state in 1977 was a member of United Democratic Party. Social organisations have been vocal about bringing a change to the current structure and women to power. However, the state has been unfazed and Naza women are still fighting to establish their Mattel in the state.