‘Sharp decline in number of young voters in state’
MUMBAI: A sharp drop of 54.55 lakh, as compared to the last year’s data, was registered in the number of voters between two age groups, 18 to 19 and 30 to 39 years, in the latest voters list in Maharashtra.
According to the voters registration list published by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in January, the net decrease in the voter population in the state is 83,30,647.
Of the state’s current population of 11.83 crore, the voter population accounts for 8.11 crore (69.01 per cent).
In the age-group wise break up, there are 37.21 lakh voters in the bracket of 18-19 years (1.31 per cent), 1.65 crore in age group 20-29 years (13.02 per cent), and 1.84 crore in 30-39 years (16.37 percent).
ECI’S Joint Chief Electoral Officer for Maharashtra Anil N Valvi said the decrease in the two age groups of 18 to 19 and 30 to 39 years, is due to the cleaning up of the electoral rolls in 2014-15.
“The ECI, in order to weed out the names of deceased voters, duplicate entries and voters who permanently shifted their residence elsewhere, took up cleaning process,” he said.
According to the ECI list, there are 1.74 crore voters in 40-49 years age group (15.23 per cent), 1.18 crore in 50-59 age group (10.68 per cent), 71.64 lakh in 60-69 (6.65 per cent), 39.69 lakh in age group of 70-79 (3.75 per cent) while voters aged above 80 account for 1.99 per cent.