In the five months since the Lok Sabha elections, the number of voters in the city has gone up by 1.87 lakh. According to local election authorities, over one crore people in the city will exercise their right to elect 26 members of the legislative assembly from Mumbai next month.
The figures provided by the collector’s office in the island city and the suburbs are till July this year and the number of voters is expected to increase after the voter registration drive ends on September 17.
In May this year, before the Lok Sabha elections, the number of voters in the city was 98,96,401, which has now increased to 1,00,84,309.
According to the latest figures, there will be 9,879 polling stations in the city. The number of polling stations will increase after the election authority adds some auxiliary polling stations, if the number of voters at any polling station exceeds 1,500 voters.
Meanwhile, authorities have asked for new Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to avoid the technical glitches experienced in the Lok Sabha elections, when re-polling had to be held at three stations in Malad, Charkop and Malad.
Shekhar Channe, collector of Mumbai suburban district, said the glitches were because the machines were old and manufactured before 2006.
“We have decided to get machines manufactured after 2006. Our officials have gone to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to get them,” Channe said.
Channe said over 6,13,000 people, whose names were deleted from the voters’ list during the Lok Sabha elections, were asked to register themselves again. “Of these, just 94,775 have responded and 600 have registered their names again.”
After the Lok Sabha elections, over 900 people, whose names were deleted from the voters’ list, had complained to the suburban collector office. Of these, 600 registered themselves again.
Each assembly constituency will have a video surveillance team, a flying squad and a static surveillance team to keep a watch on violations of the code of conduct as well as the candidates’ expenditure.