4.6 Cr to Decide Fate of 435 Candidates in This LS Elections

As many as 4.61 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the April 17 Lok Sabha elections in the state. With this the voter-population ratio stands at 71.98 per cent, an increase of 2.7 per cent compared to last year’s Assembly polls.

Published: 02nd April 2014 08:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

As many as 4.61 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the April 17 Lok Sabha elections in the state. With this the voter-population ratio stands at 71.98 per cent, an increase of 2.7 per cent compared to last year’s Assembly polls.

Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha on Tuesday told reporters that according to the revised data (March 26, 2014), there are 2.35 crore male voters, 2.26 crore female voters and 3,957 voters who come under the Others category. Also, there are 40,729 service voters who will cast their vote through postal ballot.

“It was 69.21 per cent voters to population ratio during the 2013 Assembly polls and it has increased by 2.7 per cent,” he said adding this increase is a ‘significant increase.’ Similarly, during the 2013 Assembly polls, the female to male ratio which was 958 (per 1,000 male voters) which has now increased to 960 (an increase of two per cent.) While Bangalore North is the biggest constituency with 23,99,994 voters, Udupi-Chikmagalur is the smallest constituency with 13,86,515 voters.

Jha also said Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) has been issued to 99 per cent of the voters and that the commission will try to cover all the voters. “However, we are making provision to issue voter slips five days before the election. Voter slip will have name of the voter along with photo and the name of the polling station. With this, one can vote even without EPIC or with EPICs having any error,” he said.

‘Tibetans Cannot Vote’

Jha said Tibetan who were born between 1951 and 1987 and who have registered their names in voters’ list could have voted. “But none of them have registered. Hence no Tibetan will be allowed to vote this time,” he added.

Jha also said 11 Lok Sabha constituencies will have an extra Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). The constituencies include Bidar, Koppal, Haveri, Dharwad, Davangere, Tumkur, Mandya, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikballapur and Kolar. While Bangalore Central has the highest number of candidates contesting, Gulbarga has minimum of eight candidates.

“This time, we need to make provision for None of The Above (NOTA) option. Wherever there are more than 15 candidates contesting the polls, we will make provisions for an extra EVM,” he said.

Constituency-wise break-up

Constituency Male Female Others

Chikkodi 7,41,007 6,94,440 63

Belgaum 8,03,183 7,71,791 151

Bagalkot 7,91,118 7,74,552 107

Bijapur 8,46,953 7,74,440 177

Gulbarga 8, 78,083 8,43,358 225

Raichur             8,35,791 8,25,261 310

Bidar              8,38,383 7,61,425 70

Koppal       7,70,099 7,64,632 95

Bellary   7,50,587 7,36,921 153

Haveri       8,06,339 7,51,399 77

Dharwad     8,07,973 7,69,083 88

Uttara Kannada  7,39,529 7,06,736 30

Davangere            7,71,821 7,50,411 106

Shimoga              7,78,037 7,83,169 82

Udupi-Chikmagalur   6,78,710 7,07,742 63

Hassan                    7,88,309 7,71,258 88

Dakshina Kannada      7,73,600 7,90,423    68

Chitradurga   8,44,598 8,16,227 91

Tumkur           7,64,260 7,53,766 118

Mandya             8,38,603 8,29,993        89

Mysore              8,66,391 8, 54,665 141

Chamarajnagar   7,89,170 766307 61

Bangalore Rural       11,35,666 10,54,232 261

Bangalore North        12, 59,145 11,40, 484 365

Bangalore Central     10,09,822 9,20,454 299

Bangalore South      10,10,584 9,47,604 320

Chikballapur        8,43,530 8,14, 388 120

Kolar             7,53,783 7, 36,923 139

TOTAL : 4,61,30,485

(including 40,729 postal voters)

Seizure

■  Rs 23.5 lakh was seized from across the state on Tuesday . As on date, Rs 3.08 crore has been seized.

■  4,260 litres of liquor in Bellary and 43 litres in Dakshina Kannada have been seized. As on date, 39,478 litres worth Rs 1.58 crore have been seized.

■  8,030 kg of jaggery was seized in Dharwad, 2,000 sarees in Belgaum and 2,022 sarees in Chikaballapur, all together worth Rs 1.04 crore.

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