Summary revision over: J&K now has 66.76 lakh electorates21 December 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Number of electorates in the State has gone up to 66.76 lakh after an extensive revision of electoral rolls undertaken by the Election Commission from September this year. The EC would announce final figures on January 6, 2012. About 2.12 lakh new electorates have been enrolled for six Parliamentary and 87 Assembly constituencies of the State during summary revision completed by the Election Commission after an exercise of more than three months, official sources said. The summary revision was undertaken under the supervision of Chief Electoral Officer-cum-Home Secretary of J&K, B R Sharma. There were nearly three lakh more male voters in the State as compared to females. Out of a total of 66.76 lakh electorate in the State, 34.89 lakh were male while 31.86 lakh were women. However, this year, more female voters enrolled themselves as compared to men. Of 2.12 lakh new voters added during current year's summary revision of electoral rolls in the State, 1.02 lakh were male while 1.10 lakh were females. While 47,133 boys and 31,670 girls in the age group of 18-19 years have registered themselves as first time voters this year, 54,953 new male voters and 78,400 new female voters were above the age of 19. Latest figures revealed that Kashmir region has 34.23 lakh electorates and Jammu region 31.01 lakh. Ladakh region has 1.57 lakh voters. Names of as many as 1.34 lakh voters were deleted from the list of electorates due to deaths or shifting of their residences. Among them, 49,348 were male while 85,302 were females. The State had 65.98 lakh electorates during last year's summary revision completed in December 2010. With 2.12 lakh additions and 1.34 lakh deletions, the net increase in number of voters stood at 77,506 (52,738 male and 24,768 females). Significantly, out of 66.76 lakh electorates in the State now, 48.96 lakh have Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) including 26.48 lakh male and 22.47 lakh females. The voters having EPICs would also have their photograph on the electoral rolls. Among 22 districts of the State, Jammu district with 11 Assembly constituencies has highest number of 9.41 lakh electorates as per the figures compiled by the Election Commission after the summary revision. Leh district with just two Assembly segments has lowest number of 76,838 voters. Kargil district has 80,972 electorates. Gandhi Nagar and Jammu West Assembly constituencies in Jammu district topped in the list of highest voters. Gandhi Nagar has 1.53 lakh votes followed by Jammu West with 1.45 lakh electorates. Gurez Assembly segment in Bandipora district has lowest number of 16,186 voters. Another Assembly segment in Kashmir (Karnah, Kupwara district) has just 28,650 votes. Twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch with four and three Assembly segments respectively have 3.49 lakh and 2.49 lakh electorates respectively while Samba district with two Assembly constituencies accounted for 1.73 lakh voters. With five constituencies, Kathua district now has 10.13 lakh votes. Udhampur and Reasi districts with three Assembly segments each have 2.91 lakh and 2.14 lakh voters respectively while Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts with two Assembly constituencies each have 1.45 lakh, 1.69 lakh and 1.49 lakh electorates respectively. Srinagar district in Kashmir valley with eight Assembly segments have 5.80 lakh votes while Budgam with five constituencies has 4.01 lakh voters. Pulwama district with four segments has 3.09 lakh electorates while Shopian with just two constituencies accounted for 1.46 lakh voters. Anantnag district having six Assembly seats had 4.58 lakh electorates. Accounting for four Assembly seats, Kulgam district would now have 3.03 lakh voters while Kupwara district with five Assembly segments has 3.51 lakh votes. Baramulla district having seven Assembly seats accounted for 5.36 lakh votes. Bandipora with three segments and Ganderbal with two seats have 1.94 lakh and 1.41 lakh voters respectively. Other constituencies of Jammu district including Nagrota has 64,704 electorates, Jammu East (53,269), Bishnah (85,473), RS Pura (74,511), Suchetgarh (58,246), Marh (65,685), Raipur Domana (88,421), Akhnoor (84,941) and Chhamb (67,873). In Rajouri district, Rajouri has 1.02 lakh votes, Darhal (86,175), Nowshera (85,059) and Kalakote (75,314). In Poonch district, Poonch has 92,902 electorates, Surankote (82,251) and Mendhar (74,489). Samba and Vijaypur segments, part of Samba district, accounted for 75064 and 98651 electorates respectively. In Kathua district, Kathua now has 1.13 lakh voters followed by Hiranagar with 1.01 lakh votes, Billawar (88098), Basohli (62,296) and Bani (37,800). In Udhampur district, Udhampur has 1.06 lakh votes, Ramnagar (1.03 lakh) and Chenani (82,358) while in Reasi, Reasi has 98593 electorates, Gulabgarh (59,757) and Gool-Arnas (56004). Kishtwar and Inderwal Assembly constituencies in Kishtwar have 70941 and 74748 electorates respectively while Doda and Bhaderwah in Doda district have 73823 and 95635 electorates. Ramban and Banihal in Ramban district have 78226 and 71523 voters.