Nearly 33 per cent of the 63 lakh voters registered in Pune district are young, as per statistics available with the election department. With the department focussing on youth voters with special drives at colleges and appointment of college ‘ambassadors’, it is expecting a rise in the number of such voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections on April 17 in the district.
“In 2009, the age group of 20-29 years as well as 30-39 years saw a little over 25 per cent voter registration. This number has risen considerably and we hope that special campaigns and drives at colleges will increase it,” said an election department officer.
In 2009, as per statistics, the age group of 30-39 years saw around 29 per cent registrations, while 40-49 years was 20 per cent. The 2009 elections also saw 13.5 per cent in the age group of 50-59 years, 8.4 per cent in 60-69 years while there was only 5 per cent in the age group of 70-79 per cent.
“Mobilisation of young and first-time voters is a key part of our strategy,” said a senior BJP member.
The Congress, too, has chalked out similar plans. “We have committees to reach out to youth voters,” said a senior Congress worker.