Jammu and Kashmir’s final electoral roll was released on Friday with the highest ever net increase of over 7.72 lakh voters, officials said.
The final electoral roll has a total of 83,59,771 voters – 42,91,687 male, 40,67,900 female and 184 third gender – said Joint Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir Anil Salgotra.
The release of the electoral roll paves the way for parliamentary elections to be held in the Union territory, the first since Article 370 provisions were repealed and Jammu and Kashmir were split into Union territories in 2019.
“There is a net increase of 7,72,872 voters on the final electoral roll, ie a net increase of 10.19 percent in registered voters over the draft list,” he said.
The highest number of additions during a Special Summary Revision (SSR) was less than two lakh earlier.
“This was the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that more than 11 lakh names were recorded in a single SSR period,” said Salgotra.
During this period, a record 11,40,768 claims were received through Form 6 for inclusion of names on the electoral roll throughout the Union territory. Of these, 11,28,672 claims were accepted and only 12,096 claims rejected. This included 3,01,961 claims of inclusion in the 18-19 age group.
A total of 4,12,157 removal requests were received, of which 3,58,222 were accepted and 53,935 were rejected.
613 new polling stations have been added in Union territory, he said.
The gender ratio of the final electoral roll rose from 921 to 948, he added.
Salgotra said that the gender ratio has shown a remarkable increase of 27 points and stands at 948, which is much higher than the Census gender ratio of Jammu and Kashmir.
Overall, there is a six percentage point increase in the voter-to-population ratio to 58, he added.
He said photo coverage on the voter roll remained at 99.99 percent, showing that no new entry without a good photo is allowed.
There are 57,253 marked PwD voters on the final electoral roll, a 46 percent increase from the draft list, he added.
He said that while the 2022 Special Summary Review culminated with the publication of the final electoral roll on November 25, the process of continuous updating will continue and any eligible citizen who is not on the electoral roll can apply through any of the means Sign Up. of registration, i.e. online via NVSP portal, voter helpline app, voter portal or offline by submitting a request to the emergency response team involved.
With the implementation of four qualification dates as part of the commission’s electoral reforms, the qualification date would be updated to January 1, 2023, after December 31, 2022, paving the way for all those young citizens who have reached the qualification age of 18 years between 1 January October 2022 and January 1, 2023 to be registered, he said.
The emphasis of the Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on the registration of young voters and the marginalized sections of the society, including persons with disabilities, third gender, women, etc., has produced positive results.
Claims and objections were accepted from September 15 to October 25, ie for a period of 40 days. This was followed by a period of 15 days until November 10 for the settlement of all claims and objections.
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