SEARCH

» » South

Updated: April 24, 2014 10:53 IST

T.N. clocks highest increase in voters in five years

T. Ramakrishnan
Comment   ·   print   ·   T  T  

Tamil Nadu has achieved the highest rate of increase in the number of electors in the country in the past five years.

The State’s electorate has grown by 29.15 per cent. In 2009, it was 4.16 crore. As per the electoral data released early this year, the total number went up to around 5.37 crore. (In fact, after the latest round of inclusion of eligible electors, the strength has risen by 12.90 lakh, taking the tally to 5, 50,42,876).

Tamil Nadu’s rate of growth is more than double that of the country. The rate is 13.61 per cent nationwide. Between 2009 and 2014, the country’s electorate went up from 71.7 crore to nearly 81.5 crore. In absolute numbers, Tamil Nadu’s strength of electors has grown by 1,21,32,222 crore, next only to the highest of 1,83,44,923 recorded by Uttar Pradesh.  But the rate of Uttar Pradesh is 15.81 per cent. 

Explaining the factors for such a high growth rate, Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar says the increased enrolment is largely due to intense measures taken in the past two years to cover eligible voters left out of enrolment. This has been achieved by a comparison of the data of the electorate with the provisional data of Census 2011, so that all aged 18 and above were included in the rolls. In the process, a greater number of women have been covered.

D. Jayaraj, a veteran demographer and Professor of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, says the development reflects better level of education and higher political participation on the part of people. Besides, the coverage of young voters is quite high.

On the impact of the migration of people from other States to Tamil Nadu on the rolls, Mr. Praveen Kumar says the department has been able to enrol a substantial number of migrant employees of the corporate and technology sectors, but construction workers were reluctant to register, despite a special drive.

Keywords: TN voters

COMMENTS
Please Wait while comments are loading...
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

WorldView with Suhasini Haidar


Extreme outcomes in the Great Game over Ukraine

The shooting down of MH17 is one of the most horrific consequences of the latest version of the "Great Game".

Free for all


An Uncritical Eye - "The World Before Her"

It’s a telling commentary that the media groups blacklisted any news on the film and the VHP chose to make it more popular!

Known for seeking real-life inspirations for his films, he has opted for five newcomers for the film that revolves around the models who gain popularity after featuring in famous calendars. »

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group

The aim of the research report by Tridivesh Singh Maini is to examine the approach of the political leadership, as well as the business community, in three ‘border States’ towards India-Pakistan ties.This paper has sought to look at a number of factors, which include politics, economics as well as security issues.Read Article »

  • facebook Facebook
  • twitter Twitter

Resources

More Resources »

Metroplus

More Metroplus »

Sunday Magazine

More Sunday Magazine »

Friday Review

More Friday Review »

Habitat

More Habitat »

Young World

More Young World »