Despite lakhs of NRIs from Punjab, only 393 are registered voters
The State Election Commission have to provide help to 6,800 differently abled to cast their vote
As compared to the last assembly elections in Punjab, votes of the third gender and the NRIs, has improved a little bit but both are shy away to disclose their status to the Election Commission. Strange but true, as per the information, third gender is diffident to penetrate in the main stream due to social stigma and on other hand the NRIs generally don’t enrol themselves as NRI because of the fear to lose their Aadhaar card and other facilitates available to them as a normal inhabitant. So, they do not expose their status as NRI. As per the latest statistics available with Daily Post, the population of the third gender persons is 507 in the entire state as registered voters. Despite the fact that a large number of Indians are in countries like Canada, UK, Australia and USA from Punjab but only 393 NRIs have registered themselves as voters. There were 281 NRIs had registered themselves as voters in last assembly elections. As per the latest data, collected by the State Election Commission, Punjab, there are 1,07,54,157 males and 96,19,711 females and 507 third gender voters in Punjab. Gender ratio in Punjab is 895, though as per the census it was 892. As per the data, out of the total populace, the age cohort for 18-19 is projected at approximately 9 lakhs which is the 3.26 per cent of the total population. Under this age groups, voters are 2,55,887. Some shocking information is also received by the department.
The voter population ratio in the state is 700 although it should be 730. It means that about 8.5 lakhs eligible persons to enrol have not been enrolled themselves. As per the information received from the department there are 6,800 differently abled voters in the state and the department is all set to provide various facilities to them to cast their vote. Assured minimum facility will be provided to them, one senior officer told Daily Post. As many as 124 new polling stations have also been set up by the commission. There were 23,089 polling stations in Punjab though, but the Election Commission of India (ECI) approved 23,213 polling stations for Punjab this time. So, 124 new polling stations have been set up. Bill to amend electoral law to allow the NRIs to vote through postal or e-ballots is pending. Under this bill their proxies would be able to cast vote on their behalf. The Lok Sabha had passed that bill. To spread awareness, Special Summery Revision-2019 was conducted last year in the state so that more voters could cast their vote. The department is also focusing to spread awareness through the National Voters’ Service Portal (NVSP). One can also apply for online registration as a new voter and also use the portal for deletion or objections. School-college level campaigning also started in this regard, said an election official
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