The number of registered women voters in Maharashtra has grown by over 8% since 2014, the State Election Commission (SEC) revealed on Saturday. More than 8.94 crore voters will elect 288 members to the Legislative Assembly on October 21. Of these, 4.27 crore are women. The rise in the number of women voters — from 3.94 crore in 2014 — has improved the gender ratio of voters to 914 in 2019 from 889 in 2014. The number of registered voters has increased by 59.17 lakh — around 7% — from 8.35 crore in 2014 to 8.94 crore. State Chief Electoral Officer Baldev Singh said the SEC had deleted 2.16 lakh names that had been repeated on the rolls. “It is a lengthy process and all protocols have been followed. We do not want to deprive eligible voters of their voting rights.” He also said that 96.81% registered voters had been issued photo identity cards. The State has 1.17 lakh service voters (members of the armed forces or armed police forces, Government of India employees posted elsewhere). As many as 3.6 lakh persons with disabilities registered on the rolls will be able to find their polling stations and arrange for wheelchairs on the SEC’s PwD app. Nearly 6.5 lakh people will be engaged by the State machinery in the run-up to the polls.