Nearly 97 crore people eligible to vote in coming Lok Sabha polls: EC

There has been a six per cent increase in registered voters from 2019, when the last Lok Sabha polls were held

February 09, 2024 04:38 pm | Updated 07:59 pm IST - New Delhi

Indiahas the largest electorate in the world. File Photo

Indiahas the largest electorate in the world. File Photo | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD

Nearly 97 crore Indian voters, the largest electorate in the world, will be eligible to exercise their franchise in this year’s Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission (EC) said on Friday.

After an intensive special summary revision of electoral rolls, ahead of the General Elections 2024, the poll body has published the electoral rolls in all States and Union Territories across the country with reference to January 1, 2024, as the qualifying date.

“This also included the successful completion of the revision of electoral rolls in Jammu and Kashmir and Assam, following the delimitation of constituencies. The endeavour, undertaken with meticulous planning, coordination and participation of political parties, has yielded noteworthy achievements in terms of inclusivity, health and purity of the electoral rolls,” the EC said in a statement.

A total of 96.88 crore voters are registered to vote across the country. There has been a six per cent increase in registered voters from 2019, when the last Lok Sabha polls were held and over two crore young electors in the age group of 18 to 29 have been added, the commission said.

Gender ratio

The gender ratio has increased from 940 in 2023 to 948 in 2024. “The electoral roll gender ratio has surged positively, indicating the growing role of women in shaping the democratic fabric of the nation. Over 2.63 crore new electors have been included in the electoral roll, out of which around 1.41 crore are female electors, which surpassed the newly enrolled male voters (~ 1.22 crore) by over 15%.

The commission said it has put special emphasis on purity and health of the electoral roll along with disclosures and transparency in the revision of electoral rolls.

After thorough house-to-house verification, names of 1,65,76,654 deceased, permanently shifted, and duplicate electors have been deleted from the electoral rolls. “This comprehensive clean-up ensures the integrity and purity of the electoral process. It includes 67,82,642 dead voters, 75,11,128 permanently shifted/absent voters and 22,05,685 duplicate voters,” it added.

The EC also held a one-day conference of nodal officers from 14 States in the national capital on Friday aimed at sharpening outreach activities to increase voter turnout in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

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