The total number of voters enrolled in the 16 constituencies of Chennai district has crossed 34 lakhs.
The data was released by the Corporation commissioner and district election officer D. Karthikeyan here as part of the draft publication of electoral rolls. Perambur assembly constituency, with 2.56 lakh voters, continues to be the constituency with the highest number of voters in Chennai district. Harbour constituency (1.64 lakh) has the lowest number of voters.
The number of voters on the rolls in Chennai has increased from 33.99 lakh in January 6, 2012 to 34.27 lakh in September 30, 2012. The district election office held a continuous update of the mother roll in the past nine months. The district election office has also made special arrangements this year to help residents include their names on the rolls.
With the commencement of special summary revision of electoral rolls, the district election office has started distribution of Form 6, for inclusion of names, in public sector bank branches and post offices. The branches have been asked to appoint nodal officers for helping voters.
Corporation officials will also conduct special campaigns in all the city colleges to include names of students who are 18 years of age on the rolls. The filled up forms can be submitted to assistant professors who will act as nodal officers in the respective colleges.
The period of filing claims and objections is October 1 to 31. Special campaigns will be conducted with booth level agents of political parties on October 7, 14 and 21 for inclusion of names on rolls. The final publication of the rolls will be on January 5, 2013.
At an all party meeting organised at Ripon Buildings on Monday, representatives of political parties stressed the need for restricting the number of voters in a booth to 1000.
Kancheepuram tops list
Kancheepuram collector L. Sitherasenan, on Monday, releasing the mother roll, said the district topped the list of number of applications received in the State for new inclusions in voter list during electoral roll revision exercises. This was primarily due to the existence of large number of higher educational institutions, he added.
Stating that a total of 16658 applications for inclusion, deletion etc. were received during the last nine months, Mr. Sitherasenan said 3633 applications were rejected and 13205 were admitted. Thus the total number of voters, in the 11 assembly constituencies has increased to 2817366 from 2804341, as reflected in the mother roll dated January 5, 2012, he said.