Political News, State, (Bengaluru), March 28:-Reflecting on the demographic pattern in the country, a record number of 15,42,000 first time voters in the age group of 18-19 years have enrolled themselves in the Voters List for the May 12 Assembly election in Karnataka.
Briefing reporters on the preparations for the poll, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said the number of first time voters had more than doubled when compared to previous 2013 Assembly election. While there were 7,18,000 first time voters, the number of teenagers voting for the first time had more than doubled.
The young voter ratio had increased from 1.16 per cent to 2.20 per cent. The state is also witnessing narrowing gender ratio among voters as it now stands at 972 female per 1000 when compared to 958 in 2013.
He said the total electors including service electors during the ensuing election after finalization of electoral rolls stood at 4,96,82,351 as compared to 4,36,85,739 during 2013 election, registering a nine per cent increase. The male voters are 2.52,05,820 this year as compared to 2.23,15,727 previously. The female voters had increased to 2,44,71,979 in 2018 compared to 2,13,87,912 previously. The number of transgender had also more than doubled to 4552 compared to 2100 in 2013. While the total voting percentage in 2013 was 71.45 per cent, only two per cent among the 2100 transgender had turned up at the polling booths.
Mr Kumar said awareness about the importance of electoral participation was being created among voters through Systematic Voter Education and Electroral Participation (SVEEP). It was expected that the voters would cross 75 per cent in the coming election.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)