From A Correspondent
Shillong, Jan 10: A total of 18,30,104 voters in Meghalaya will be eligible to cast their votes in the upcoming Assembly polls, officials said on Wednesday.
According to Meghalaya’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Frederick Roy Kharkongor, the fil electoral roll was published on Wednesday after filisation of all claims and objections filed from different quarters of the State.
After publication of the fil electoral roll, the Election Commission of India may now announce the dates for the elections in the State any time now.
The term of the ninth Meghalaya Legislative Assembly ends on 6th March.
The CEO informed media persons that female voters outnumber men. Out of the total 18,30,104 voters, 9,06,256 are men and 9,23,848 are women.
Kharkongor also said that there has been an increase of 3,27,595 voters from the last election in 2013, which represents an increase of 21.8%. During the last Assembly polls in 2013 the total electorate was 15, 02, 509.
The CEO said that the total number of polling stations in the 2018 polls will be 3,082 which will be 597 more than that in 2013, which represents an increase of about 24.02%. In 2013, there were 2485 number of polling stations in the whole state. Out of 3,082 polling stations in the state, 536 have been categorised as vulnerable, 444 as critical and 67 as both vulnerable and critical, while the rest 2,025 are normal.
It may be mentioned that there are a number of polling stations in East Garo Hills and South Garo Hills districts where security measures have been tightened due to militancy-related problem.
Meanwhile, the State’s election department has also taken up a special drive to enrol “millennial voters” – those born on January 1, 2000 – across Meghalaya ahead of the Assembly election.
As on January 5 this year, a total of 117 “millennial voters” have been enrolled throughout the State. The election department will fete these “millennial voters” during the tiol Voters’ Day to be held later this month.
The first “millennial voter” who was enrolled from Mawlangwir village in Mawkyrwat, South West Khasi Hills district, is coincidentally med Millennium Grace Marwein.
The election department is targeting to enrol 200 such voters.