By Lamphrang Nongspung, Shillong News | Shillong, Dec 05, 2018:
The Election department in Meghalaya has managed to achieved its target of having 18 lakh registered electorates who would cast their votes in the upcoming Assembly polls in the State.
“We had set a target that we should be able to have at least 18 lakh registered voters in the forthcoming Assembly elections. We are happy since we have exceeded the target by nearly 30,000. The total number of registered electorates has gone up to 18,29,152 as on January 04, 2018,” Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Kharkongor informed here on Thursday.
He said that the figures might touched upto 18,50,000 since the final publication of electoral rolls will be completed next week.
Informing that as per draft publications on September 27 last year, the total registered electorates was 17,68,515, he said that the number of registered electorates which has been added into the electoral roll from September uptil now is 60,637.
The Chief Electoral Officer informed that in the last Assembly elections in 2013, the total electorates in the state was about 15,39,000 adding that in the last five years, there is an increase of 3,25,000 registered electorates in the State.
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When asked about the “millennial voters” , he said that they have set a target of enrolling at least 200 “millennial voters”- those born on January 1, 2000 across the State ahead of the Assembly elections.
He said that so far a total of 117 new “millennial voters” have been enrolled throughout the State adding that they will be recognized and feted during the National Voters Day to be held later this month.
The CEO said that it is interesting to note that the first millennial voter which was enrolled from Mawlangwir village in Mawkyrwat also got the name of Millenium Grace.
“We also hope that with this new category of Millennium voters, it will further encourage young people to come out and vote and to take a responsibility from their part to encourage other young 18 plus voters to come and exercise their franchise,” he said.
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In terms of polling stations, he said that the number of polling stations in 2013 is 2485 and in the current election, the total number of polling stations is 3082 polling stations.
Kharkongor informed that there is an increase of 597 which shows percentage increase of 24 %.