THE ANNUAL summary revision of voters’ list shows less than one percent increase in the number of voters in the district. As per official records, there were 16,77,058 voters in the eight Assembly constituencies of the district before the recently concluded revision. This included 80,5611 women and 87,1447 men.
But after the summary review, the number of voters stands at 16,82,474. It includes 80,8152 female and 87,4322 male voters. This means only 5,416 voters have increased in the district. This is against the average increase of 5,000 persons in the City alone every year, as Indore is among the fasted growing cities in terms of population, after Pune and Hyderabad.
Interestingly, there has been no change in the voter population in Assembly segment three. The number of voters before and after the roll review has remained at 77,295. This includes 40,138 men and 37,157 women.
Deputy District Election Officer and SDM Nilay Satbhaiyya is, however, satisfied with outcome. He said that District Election Office had advertised summary revision of electoral roll on radio, TV and also used other means of communicating the message like banners and posters in villages. People were asked to visit the polling booth to make alterations in the list.
“The results are satisfactory keeping in view the fact that elections are still far away. Moreover, it’s a summary revision.
The triennial intensive door-to-door survey, which will be conducted in 2007, will yield better results. But then too we cannot force people, we can only ask them to add their name to voter list if it is missing,” he said.
Whatever be the administration’s stand, lack of aggressive marketing and public awareness has resulted in low count. The voter list doesn’t hold significance for educated and affluent families who depend on Permanent Account Number (PAN) or passport as identity proof. The lower middle class and labour class, in fact, constitute bulk of names in the voter’s list.
Unless an individual’s name in the voter list is made mandatory for making PAN, passport, driving licence or other relevant documents, not everyone will be willing to register their name in electoral rolls.
The summary revision has been held for Election Commission of India and the reviewed list will form basis for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. State Election Commission will also hold it as base to prepare the list for civic and panchayat polls.