Number of voters up by 2 percent in BengalBy IANS
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
KOLKATA - The number of voters in West Bengal has gone up by two percent over the previous year, and 75 percent of the new inclusions are aged between 18 and 25 years, the state’s top election official said here Wednesday.
Releasing the voters’ list after a summary revision, Chief Electorate Officer Sunil Gupta said the number of electors stood at 5,60,87,187 now, as against 5,49,63,904 last year.
He said while 14,39,543 new voters had been enlisted, the names of 3,19,919 were deleted from the previous list.
“So the net addition is 11,23,247, which is 2.04 percent more than the previous year,” Gupta said.
“Among the new inclusions, 11.14 lakh voters are in the age bracket of 18-25, which comes to 75 percent of first time voters,” said Gupta.
So far, 95.37 percent of the total voters have been issued the Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).
“The figure will increase to more than 98 percent after the distribution of EPIC cards to the new voters starts Jan 25 (National Voters Day)”.