‘Sharp de­cline in num­ber of young vot­ers in state’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - Press Trust of India

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.

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