‘Substantial increase’ in first-time voters in Punjab: CEO

Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vijoy Kumar Singh said the electoral roll has 3,67,077 voters in the age group of 18-19 years.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published:January 5, 2017 8:53 pm
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There has been a “substantial increase” in the number of first-time voters in Punjab, which is about 1.24 per cent of the total 1.97 crore electorates in the state, a senior election commission official said on Thursday. Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vijoy Kumar Singh said the electoral roll has 3,67,077 voters in the age group of 18-19 years. The state goes to poll on February 4. He said it was a “substantial increase” in the number of first-time voters.

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The number of voters in Punjab is 1,97,49,964, including 1,04,40,310 males and 93,09,274 females. There are 380 third-gender voters, he added. He said the total number of Non-Resident Indian voters are 281. He said 22,600 polling stations will be set up in Punjab for the 117 assembly constituencies.

Briefing about the pre-emptive measures taken by the Punjab Police in the run up to the elections, ADGP (Elections) H S Bhawra said 1,330 FIRs were registered under the NDPS Act in the past four months. “1,565 people were arrested under the NDPS Act,” he said adding that around 2,000 proclaimed offenders, including absconders, have been rounded up from across the state.

A total of 13,387 non-bailable warrants were executed and 5,276 potential trouble-makers were identified out of which 3,425 were taken into preventive custody, he said. He said 22 sniffer dogs have been deployed in various districts and checking was being carried out for narcotic substance with the help of these dogs.

He said that 43 officers of Narcotic Control bureau have been deputed in Punjab and strict checking is being carried out to stop inflow of drugs to Punjab. In its drive against illicit arms, 123 weapons have been seized, he said.

He said there are 3,85,000 licenced arm holders in the state out of which around 92,000 weapons had been deposited. Bhawra said flag marches were today conducted in all the 22 districts of the state and 50 companies, comprising 100 personnel each, have been deployed in the state.

He said that over 250 companies more have been demanded from the election commission for deployment in the state. He said that four Flying Squads and Static Surveillance teams have been deployed in the assembly constituencies.

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    Karan Kadam
    Jan 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Punjab key logo sey vinti hai ki Bihar ki tarah Cong ya AAP ko vote dekar apney pairo par khulaadi maar lo . ,
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    Prem Silhi
    Jan 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    I smell the Delhi rat at work in Punjab! In Delhi, broom-wielding youngsters from jhuggi-jhompdi clusters all across town swept AAP to victory. In a leaderless India, giving right direction to the teeming young potion has been my concern for long. The anti-India elements in politics did after all exploit them for the Delhi elections. Where do they stop, I wonder?
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    Prem Silhi
    Jan 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    भारत की जनसंख्या में उमड़ती युवा पीढ़ी जिसे कांग्रेस राज में कोई उपयुक्त दिशा नहीं मिल पाई है आज भूकंप तरंग (tsumani) बन कांग्रेस और आआपा द्वारा रचाए षड्यंत्र में अपना भला ा न सोच अपने पैरों पर स्वयं कुल्हाड़ी मार सकती है| आज देश के जाने माने बुद्धिजीवियों को चाहिए कि वे जन्मभूमि व गरीब भारतवासियों की ओर उनके कर्तव्य उन्हें समझाएं ताकि आत्म-सम्मान और आत्म-विश्वास की अवस्था में कोई देशद्रोही उन्हें फिर कभी बहका न सके|