NEW DELHI: Around 1.72 lakh first time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 will be able to exercise their franchise in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.
As per the electoral roll published on Monday, the total number of voters in the city have been estimated at 1,30,85,251 out which 72,60,633 are men and 58,24,618 are women.
The young voters population stands at 1.31 per cent of the total electors population, said Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar.
"During the period of special summary revision-2015, total 1,59,854 new voters were added after publication of Draft Roll on october 15, 2014," Kumar said. The number of total eligible voters in 2013 assembly polls was 1.19 crore.
Kumar said voting will take place in 11,763 polling booths in 2527 locations.
He said the Election Commission will continue updating the electoral roll till 10 days before the last date of filing the nominations for the assembly polls though the final electoral roll has been published.
Giving details about steps to encourage eligible youngsters to exercise their franchise, Dev said the Commission has appointed one "ambassador" each in 863 educational institutions to ensure all students get their names enrolled in voters' list.
In an attempt to increase the voter registration and create awareness specifically amongst the youth in the upcoming assembly elections, Delhi's Chief Electoral office will target busy metro stations and hold nukkad nataks (street plays) there.
Kumar said that Matiala has the largest electorate with 339686 people registered while Chandni Chowk has the smallest electorate with 112739 people. Shakur Basti has the highest gender ratio of 938 while Tughalakabad has the lowest gender ratio of 638.