Apart from, 1.80 crore voters are over 80 years of age, Kumar stated after flagging off a bicycle rally in Maharashtra’s Pune metropolis on Wednesday to create an consciousness about voter registration as a part of the nationwide degree launch of a particular abstract revision of the voters’ listing.
The Election Fee of India’s initiative is geared toward growing the electoral rolls in city areas.
Explaining the robustness and great thing about the Indian electoral rolls, Kumar stated the nation has voters from the very best peaks of Himalayas, from the 6,000-km shoreline in south, deserts within the west and areas from the east.
“You may be pleased to know we’ve got near 2.49 lakh voters in our rolls who’re (aged) 100 plus and what a reduction and ecstasy it provides while you work together with them and discover that they’ve been voting all by way of their lives,” he stated.
Apart from, there are 1.80 crore voters who’re above 80 years of age, he advised reporters after the rally.
The CEC stated India’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi, who not too long ago died, was 106 years previous and voted by way of postal poll simply three days earlier than his dying. “That’s the spirit,” he added.
Kumar stated the abstract revision takes place yearly, however this 12 months they’re doing a really centered exercise and beginning it everywhere in the nation from Pune with a particular goal to extend the participation of residents from city areas.
“What does it imply? In every single place within the nation and the farthest potential states, be it hills, coastal traces, in every single place, inaccessible terrains, deserts, in every single place each single citizen will get enlisted as a voter and strengthens the democracy by not solely getting registered but additionally casting his/her vote,” the CEC stated.
Kumar stated they need to request all voters within the city areas, all of the youth to come back take part, get registered and vote.
“It is just by way of your voting that the democratic traditions change into completely strong and powerful,” the CEC stated.
“A few of the cities, I’m not naming them, do not likely try this type of voting and there’s a complete lot of floor which we’ve got to cowl in city areas, that’s the reason this rally was organised to create consciousness,” he stated.
Kumar flagged off the bicycle rally on the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports activities Complicated in Pune’s Balewadi space.
He later advised reporters that there are some superior, massive metro cities the place apathy is seen among the many city voters, however it’s anticipated that these cities also needs to take part in voting whole-heartedly and assist strengthen the democracy.
“The identical applies to the youth additionally. If they’ll put forth their views on WhatsApp, they’ll very properly put forth their opinion on casting votes,” he stated.
Kumar stated Pune has been chosen for the nationwide launch of the particular abstract revision of the voters’ listing as it’s the “metropolis of data” and the message will get unfold quicker from right here.
When identified that Pune had recorded a low voting share, the CEC stated, “Sure, there’s little apathy.”
Notably, within the 2019 normal elections, the general voting share for the Pune Lok Sabha constituency was 49.84 per cent.
Kumar stated on the day of voting, a vacation is said as per the Negotiable Devices Act and a few folks suppose “let’s benefit from the vacation as a substitute of going and casting vote”, however they need to go and vote as holidays are all the time there.
Kumar stated the significance of particular abstract revision is that if anybody is left and never included as a voter, she or he might be included by way of this initiative.
“Additionally, younger voters who’re turning 18 on qualifying dates have an opportunity to get enrolled,” he added.
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