Shillong, Jan 13: The number of electorates in Meghalaya has increased by 54,712 in the last year, Election department officials informed.
According to State, Chief Electoral; Officer (CEO), Frederick Roy Kharkongor, the final electoral rolls published on January 14, the total electorate stands at 20,81,570.
Male electorate accounts for 10,28,395 and Female enrolment is slightly higher at 10,53,173.
There are also two trans-genders amongst the electorate.
The total number of service electors is 3,822.
Kharkongor informed that the new electors in the age group of 18-19 years is 35,980, which accounts for 65 percent of the total additions.
The total numbers deleted due to death or shifting is 9,051 and corrections account for 23,224.
The CEO informed that gender ratio of the State as per census 2011 is 989, however gender ratio as per current electoral rolls 2022 is 1,024.
Hr also informed that there are a total of 3,335 Polling Stations across 60 assembly constituencies spread over 12 districts of the State, wherein 141 new polling stations have been created.
Kharkongor said that in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, intensive efforts were made to encourage online enrolment via contactless and digital mediums such as NVSP (National Voters Service Portal), VHA (Voter Helpline App) & the BLO GARUDA App. Registration through online mode accounts for nearly 30 percent of total enrolments.
The CEO informed e-EPIC download facility will be available only to the newly added electors for the present and this facility will however be gradually extended to all the general voters in the coming months.
“Door step delivery of EPICs will also be available after the National Voters’ Day on January 25th in a phased manner, as per the MoU executed by the office of CEO and the Department of Posts,” he added.
Kharkongor said that to provide a personal touch to newly registered voters, they will also be provided with a special ‘Voter’s Welcome Kit’, which contains a personalized letter to the elector along with a voter’s pledge in the forthcoming National Voters’ Day, 2022.