Final electoral roll of Jammu and Kashmir released, 7.72 lakh voters added
The final electoral roll of J&k has a total of 83,59,771 voters -- 42,91,687 males, 40,67,900 females and 184 third gender.
The final electoral roll of Jammu and Kashmir was released on Friday with the highest-ever addition of more than 7.72 lakh voters, that is 10.19% net increase of the registered electors over the draft roll, officials said.
The final electoral roll has a total of 83,59,771 voters -- 42,91,687 males, 40,67,900 females and 184 third gender -- joint chief electoral officer of Jammu and Kashmir Anil Salgotra said.
The release of the electoral roll paves the way for assembly elections in the union territory, the first since Article 370 provisions were abrogated and the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into UTs in 2019.
“There has been a net increase of 7,72,872 electors in the final electoral roll, that is 10.19% net increase of the registered electors over the draft roll,” he said.
The maximum additions during a special summary revision was less than two lakh earlier.
The elector-population ratio has increased from 0.52 to 0.58 during this special summary revision (SSR), he said. The gender ratio of the final electoral roll has increased from 921 to 948.
This was for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that more than 11 lakh applications for inclusion in the electoral roll were received in a single SSR period, Salgotra said.
The Election Commission of India had ordered pre-revision activities in the UT on June 10, which primarily included the mapping of electoral rolls of pre and post-delimitation constituencies, rationalisation of polling stations and integrations of the electoral rolls. The poll panel then ordered an SSR of photo electoral rolls.
An official spokesperson said the draft rolls were published on September 15, which saw the addition of 613 new polling stations, which increased the UT’s total tally to 11,370.
“Total voters on the draft electoral rolls were 75,86,899,” he added.
The spokesperson said claims and objections were accepted from September 15 to October 25. “This was followed by a period of 15 days till November 10 for the disposal of all claims and objections,” he added
He said 11,40,768 claims were received for inclusion of names in the electoral rolls across the UT.
“Of these, 11,28,672 claims were accepted, which included 3,01,961 claims of inclusion in the age group of 18-19 years. A total of 4,12,157 requests for deletion were received of which, 3,58,222 were accepted. This resulted in the net increase of 7,72,872 voters in the final electoral roll,” the spokesperson said.
He said the process of continuous updating will continue and any eligible citizen, who has been left out of the electoral roll, can apply through any of the modes of registration -- online at national voter’s service portal, voter helpline app or by submitting an application to the RO concerned.
Earlier, several leaders of mainstream political parties had expressed apprehensions that non-locals would be given voting rights in J&K.
Congress expresses apprehension about inclusion of outside voters
The Jammu and Kashmir Congress expressed apprehension about possible inclusion of outside voters in the final electoral roll.
It said such an unprecedented increase in new voters suggests that the announcement made in the past by the ruling setup appears to be true.
“Our apprehension that some non-eligible voters have been added from outside Jammu and Kashmir as per announcement appears to be true,” chief spokesperson of J&K Congress Ravinder Sharma said.
“We have to see as to who are these voters who have been added,” he said.