As the election commission has made a commitment of “no voter to be left behind”, less than 20% of the Uttarakhand’s projected population in the age group of 18-19 years has actually registered for voting in this year’s LokSabha election.
As per the data from the office of the state’s chief electoral officer (CEO), the state has an estimated population of 4.43 lakh voters in the age group of 18-19 years on January 1, 2019, which makes them eligible to vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Out of these, only 85,673 have actually registered themselves as voters. Around 22% of male population under the mentioned age category are registered voters while less than 17% of the females in the age bracket have registered themselves.
The maximum gap between the actual number of registered voters in the state to the estimated population is in Haridwar district where just 11.34% of people expected to be in the age group of 18-19 years are included in the electoral roll. It is noteworthy that the district has the largest voter population in the entire state.
After Haridwar, the worst performing district is Udham Singh Nagar with less than 16% of the eligible voters actually registered.
Dehradun, with the second highest voter population in the state, performed marginally better with 16.9% of the youth eligible to vote for the first time, registered.
Among all the districts, Bageshwar fared the best with a little over 35% of first-time eligible voters registered. Pauri, Chamoli and Rudraprayag followed with 29%, 28% and 27% respectively.
Officials said the list was not yet final as the electoral roll will be updated till the last date of nomination for candidates.
“Many people are under the impression that it is too late for them to register now but that is not the case. We are hoping the numbers will improve once the final electoral roll is prepared,” said assistant chief election officer Mastu Das.
“We encourage the people to ensure their names are in the electoral roll. Those who have not yet registered themselves are required to submit a request at least 10 days before the last day of nominations so that they can vote in the general elections,” said CEO Saujanya.
Mar 12, 2019 17:10 IST