The election commission has started a one-month long special drive to enrol those voters who have hitherto been unable to get their names included in the voting list and this will be the final opportunity before the state assembly elections early next year.
Following this special summary revision of the electoral roll, the draft electoral roll will be published on October 7. Addressing a press conference here today, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Punjab, informed that the main gap in the voters roll lay in the age group of 18-19 years where only 95022 youth are registered as voters against an estimate of 11,50,357 voters. “In order to target this gap, special campaigns have been launched in educational institutions and through partner organisations and government departments,” said V K Singh.
The CEO also informed that the ratio of voters per 1000 stands at 651 in the state while the gender ratio of electoral rolls is 891 female voters against 1000 males. He also informed that the state had a total eligible voter population of 1,99,48,125 against the total population of 2,95,23,569 of the state while the draft electoral roll right now consisted of 1,92,14,509 voters covering approximately 96.32 per cent of the eligible population.
The election commission has also organised training of all its functionaries down to the block level to ensure hassle free enrollment of voters, said Singh adding that Election Commission of India has imposed a ban on transfers of electoral registration related staff in all departments. He also informed that representatives of all political parties had been invited on September 5 to inform them about the revision of the electoral rolls and they have been requested to appoint booth level agents in all polling booths to assists he officials in making the rolls.