Meghalaya has published its final electoral roll for the upcoming Assembly polls showing a record of over 18.30 lakh voters.
With the current ninth Meghalaya Assembly expiring on March 6, the Election Commission may announce any time from now the dates for conducting elections to the tenth Meghalaya Assembly.
Of the total 18,30,104 voters, the state has registered more women voters than men.
There are a total of 9,23,848 female voters and 9,06,256 male voters. In 2013, there were 15,02,509 voters in Meghalaya, which has now been increased by 3,27,595 in the last five years (21.8 per cent increase).
Among other categories of voters, the state has 42,843 young voters in the age group 18 to 19 years.
Names of as many as 8,276 voters who have died as well as those who shifted to other places were deleted from the electoral roll.
The state has a total of 3,082 polling booths spread across the 60 Assembly constituencies.
Among the 60 Assembly seats, Mawlai constituency registered the highest number of 42,780 voters, and Dalu Assembly constituency recorded the least number of voters with 18,359.
Meanwhile the Election Commission has shortlisted Meghalaya as nominee for ‘National Awards 2017’ for creatively engaging the youth besides proactive and visible mobilization of young and future voters to enroll during the campaign held last year.
The campaign was held under Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) initiative, as well as special enrollment drive carried out under the theme ‘Mission Unite – You ‘N’ I towards Enrollment.’
Meghalaya has also entered into the Limca Book of Records for forming the human logo of the special enrollment drive ‘Mission Unite – You ‘N’ I towards Enrollment’ by 2,870 students from 113 schools and three colleges who had just enrolled themselves as voters.
The students between 18 and 19 years, who were newly enrolled voters, assembled at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Polo on July 1 last year, and formed the human logo.