DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Chief Electoral Officer Saujanya apprised the political parties about the figures of voters as per the January 31, 2019 final publication of the special brief revision of the Photo Electoral Rolls, on the basis of the qualification date of 01 January 2019.
On thursday she had detailed discussion with all political parties at her office. Chief Electoral Officer also informed them that from February 1, Voter Helpline Number 1950 will be launched in which information about the name in the voter list can be obtained. On this number 1950, anyone can verify his name by filling the EPIC Number, State, District, Name and fathers name. Contact can be established on this toll free number for getting Voter I-Card made and getting information related to the BLO and polling booth. Chief Electoral Officer also gave information before the representatives of the various political parties about the use of the EVM and VVPAT. She also got the same tested from the representatives of political parties. She told no sort of tampering can be done with the EVM voting machine. It has a system of multilevel security, one time chip and one time programme. It is not possible to make any kind of tapering.
Chief Electoral Officer gave information about the polling percentage of the last Assembly Election and Lok Sabha election. She said that in the state assembly elections of 2002, 54.34 per cent of the voter turnout was registered, in which male percentage of polling was 55.94 and female percentage of polling was 52.64. While the total voting was 65.56 per cent in the assembly elections of 2017, the percentage of male voting was 62.15 percent and female voting percentage was 69.30. Similarly, in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the total turnout was 49.25 per cent, in which the male voting percentage was 53.43 and the female voting percentage was 44.94. In the 2014 elections, the total voters turnout was 62.15 per cent in which the male voting percentage was 61.34 and the female voting percentage was 63.05.
Chief Electoral Officer informed this time hundred per cent VVPAT machines will be used. In order to give information about the EVM and VVPAT to the voters, mock poll and display programmes are being organized in the entire state. District Election Officers have been given instructions to organise voter awareness programmes through SWEEP.
Shmt. Saujanya informed that after the revision, the total number of voters in the state are 76,28,526. Among these, the male voter are 39,84,327, female voters are 36,43,969 and transgender voters are 230. The number of voters in comparison to draft publication has increase of 65,696. The E-P ratio was 64.40 per cent in the draft, while in the final publication it is 68.30 per cent. The sex ratio was 912 in draft, while the final publication it is 915. Total polling stations are 11235, out of which 2548 are in urban areas and 8687 are in rural areas. Similarly, the total polling station location are 8367. These include 1107 in urban areas and 7260 in rural areas.
Chief Electoral Officer informed that this is not the final voter list. The elections are not announced yet. The electoral rolls will be finalized till the last date of nomination in the election. However, for the enrollment in the voter list or to get any amendments made, the concerned person has to apply about 10 days before the last date of nomination. Instructions have been given to lay special focus on female voters and voters in the age group of 18-19 years.
On this occasion, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dr. V Shanmugam, Punit Mittal of BJP, BJP leader Mr. Brijpal Singh Arora, Vice President of Congress Suryakant Dhasmana, Congress Spokesperson Garima Dasauni, Anant Prakash of CPI (M), Vikram Pundir of CPI, Satyapal of BSP etc. were present.