Majority in election panels, women set to dominate Pune politics
Half of the city will be under the control of female politicians after the upcoming Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections as 29 of the 58 electoral panels will have a majority of corporate women. It will be mainly in the marginal area of the civic body depending on the result of the lottery for the reservation of seats for women in the civic elections.
In accordance with the rule of state government, 50% of seats in local bodies are reserved for women. Thus, the PMC will have at least 87 women corporators out of the overall workforce of 173 members of the general body of the civic body.
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In addition, the state government decided to hold a three-member election panel system for this year’s municipal elections, as opposed to the four-member election panel system in previous elections. The reservation of seats for women was finalized on Tuesday during which the 29 electoral panels with two of the three seats for women were decided for the municipal elections.
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In the three-member election panel system, three candidates are elected from the entire panel consisting of three wards and 29 of the panel will have two corporate women.
“In the previous legislature, there was an equal number of male and female business leaders in each of the electoral panels. However, this time there will be at least 29 election panels where female business leaders would outnumber male business leaders. They will have more of a say in development and civic issues in the electoral area,” a municipal officer said.
In a way, half of the city will be under the control of corporate women as their strength will be more in the election panel, he said, adding that it would probably have a good impact in the city because they would be easily accessible to women in the city and can understand the civic issues of women in their constituency.
After the lottery for the reservation, it is clear that two women entrepreneurs will be elected from 10 panels in Hadapsar region, followed by two panels each in Khadakwasla region, Parvati region, Vadgaonsheri and Kasbapeth region .
“Corporate women will also be more powerful in their ward office area where there are more election panels with two corporate women,” a civic officer said.
The scoping and finalization of seat reservations also suggested that most incumbent major corporators would have little difficulty securing their respective political party’s ticket for the elections.
Those who can’t get a party ticket due to reserving a seat for women in the region they represented in the civic body will either have to try their luck in a new region or push a female member of their family for the party ticket.