SHILLONG: The number of voters in Meghalaya has increased by 54,712 in the last year, Election Department officials have informed here.
According to the State's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Frederick Roy Kharkongor, the total electorate of the State stands at 20,81,570 in the final electoral rolls published on Friday.
The male electorate accounts for 10,28,395 while the female enrolment is slightly higher at 10,53,175.
There are also two transgender voters among the electorate.
The total number of service electors is 3,822.
Kharkongor informed that the number of new electors in the age group of 18-19 years is 35,980, which accounts for 65% of the total additions.
The total number of voters' names deleted due to death or shifting is 9,051 and corrections account for 23,224.
He also informed that there is a total of 3,335 Polling Stations across 60 Assembly constituencies spread over 12 districts of the State, wherein 141 new polling stations have been created.
Kharkongor said that in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, intensive efforts were made to encourage online enrolment via contactless and digital mediums such as National Voters Service Portal (NVSP), Voter Helpline App (VHA) and the BLO GARUDA App. Registration through online mode accounted for nearly 30% of the total enrolments.
The CEO informed that e-EPIC download facility will be available only to the newly-added electors for the present. This facility will, however, be gradually extended to all the general voters in the coming months.
"Doorstep delivery of EPICs will also be available after the National Voters' Day on January 25th in a phased manner, as per the MoU executed by the office of CEO and the Department of Posts," he added.
Kharkongor said that to provide a personal touch to newly-registered voters, they will be also provided with a special 'Voter's Welcome Kit', which contains a personalized letter to the elector along with a voter's pledge in the forthcoming National Voters' Day, 2022.