2.7 percent in the number of new voters, 5.40 lakh new voters added says K Ravi Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer

Ranchi: Chief Electoral Officer Shri K Ravi Kumar said that the total number of voters in the state has gone up to 2 crore 45 lakh 29 thousand 841. A total increase of 2.7 percent in the number of voters has been recorded under the Special Brief Revision Program 2023, which ran from 9 November 2022 to 8 December 2022.

At the time of publication of the last draft, the total number of voters in the state was 2 crore 39 lakh 89 thousand 481. A total of 5 lakh 40 thousand 360 new voters have been made in the special drive run across the state under the special brief revision program, in which about 96.28 percent of applications were received online. He said that new voter cards will be made available to these new voters by the end of January. He was holding a press conference on Thursday at the auditorium located at Nirvachan Sadan.

Ravikumar said that under the Special Brief Revision Program 2023, which ran from November 9 to December 8, 2022, youth in the age group of 18-19 were focused. Before the revision, there were 1,69,018 voters in the age group of 18- 19 years, whereas in the final draft publication, there were 4,33,774 voters in the age group of 18-19 years. In this way, 2,64,756 new youth voters have become voters in this age group during the revision period, registering an increase of 156 percent.

He said that in terms of total new voters, the total increase in the number of male voters is 2,37,872, which is about 1.92 percent and the total increase in the number of female voters is 3,02,406, which is about 2.60 percent. In the same revision, the sex ratio of the voter list has increased to 946. The proportion of citizens in the age group of 18+ is 63.06 in light of the projected population in the state. The EP ratio refers to the voter population ratio, which is based on the population of 18+.

The ideal EP ratio is 63.06 based on the projected population by January 2023. Whereas after revision the EP ratio of Jharkhand has become 59.15. The Chief Electoral Officer Shri K Ravikumar said that a total of 9,66,314 photographs have been found identical in the voter list of the state from the Election Commission of India, New Delhi. Along with this, a total of 19,397 demographically similar entries exist, which are being made available to all Electoral Registration Officers and necessary action is being taken for their investigation and improvement.

He said that the work of establishing and strengthening the Electoral Literacy Club is being done in coordination with School Education and Literacy Department and Higher Education Department. At present, 2,474 Electoral Literacy Clubs have been formed for prospective voters and 412 for young voters in the state. Along with this, 28,248 election schools and 966 voter awareness forums have been formed.

Ravikumar said that in light of the instructions received from the Election Commission of India, the new design (landscape) photo voter ID card with more security standards will be made available to voters in the state through speed post.

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