Youngsters still lack interest in politics as registration low in urban areas: survey

Political News, State, (Bengaluru), April 21:-The teens of Karnataka appear still not interested in the electoral politics if one went by a survey carried out on behalf of the Election Commission to assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of the voters.

The survey, first of its kind in the state ahead of the May 12 Assembly polls indicated that the gap in voters enrolment among the 18-19 years group was only 35.3 per cent. Eligible voters in the age group who had registered in the Electoral rolls were fewer in Urban areas with Bengaluru Urban recording a 24.9 per cent with Kalaburagi recording the lowest of 23.3 per cent.

The survey carried out by the Indian Institute of Social and Economic Change during November-December last year showed that the electorate to population ratio for 2018 stood at 72.9 per cent, as against 68.3 per cent in the previous election, State Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar released the survey findings at a press conference here on Friday.

Presenting the highlights, Prof S Madheswaran of the Institute for Social and Economic Change said the gender gap in the votes polled showed that the ratio stood at 932 as compared to the sex ratio of 989 in the 18+ population.

He said the intervention by the Election Commission through Voters Awareness programmes such as Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) had increased both voter turnout and registration, Voter turnout has increased from 64.9 per cent in 2008 to 71.8 per cent in the 2013 elections with a higher turnout by women voters. Judging by this the turnout in the current elections could be as high as 80 per cent he indicated.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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