With more than 1.09 lakh first-time voters exercising their franchise on Sunday, the democratic process in this hill state is all set for a different colour.
According to the figures with the chief electoral office, of the 46,08,359 total voters, as many as 1,09,115 are in the age group of 18 to 19 years and would play a crucial role in deciding the fate of various political parties in the state.
Till August 9, as many as 1,04,240 young voters between 18-19 years had got themselves registered across the state. Kangra topped the list with 20,023 voters, closely followed by Mandi with 17,457new voters, Shimla with 12,867 new registrations, Solan 8,506, Sirmaur 8,211, Chamba 8,019, Kullu 7,419, Hamirpur 6,719, Una 6,660, Bilaspur 6,362, Kinnaur 1,308 and Lahaul-Spiti 689 voters.
Giving this information, chief electoral officer Narinder Chauhan said more voters added to the list after August 9 between the age group of 18 to 19 years were 4,875. Voters in the age group of 30-39 years have been numbered at 11,54,162, he added. This clearly reflects that the youth in the state would play a critical role in deciding the next government of the state.