While the number game plays big on the minds of every politicians fighting elections, the voters’ roll paints a clear picture of the demographics of the state. While Chinchwad has the maximum number of voters in Maharashtra (4,78,463), Wadala in Mumbai has the least number of electors at 1,94,834. The constituency which has the largest number of voters in Mumbai is Chandivali with 4,13,555 on the list.
Nalasopara, which also covers the fast expanding extended suburbs of Mumbai like Virar, saw the largest number of new voters — 46,162 being added to the electoral rolls in the recent drive, followed by Panvel (45,986) while the least additions were at Gangapur in Aurangabad (1,976) and Ramtek (2,417). Those in 30 to 39 years age group may call the shots in the coming elections as they account for 2,12,20,485 of the 8,25,91,826 voters in Maharashtra. They are followed by the 1,76,60,090 electors in the 40- 49 years age group.
According to the final voters roll which was published on July 31, the highest registrations of new electors in Mumbai was seen in Borivali (10,383), followed by Vandre (W) (9,234), Kandivali (East) (8,338), Chandivali (7,682) and Malad (W) (7,627). The constituency where least registration of voters in the megapolis was seen is Chembur (3,031), and is followed by Magathane (3,186), Vandre (E) (3,252), Andheri (W) (3,307) and Kalina (3,314).
Maharashtra also has 1,071 voters who have registered their genders as ‘others’ with Ghatkopar (W) accounting for the highest number of such electors at 68, followed by Kalyan (E) (55), Ahmednagar city and Nalasopara (44) and Ichalkaranji (37). In the Lok Sabha polls, there were widespread complaints of names going missing from the voters rolls across the state including cities like Mumbai and Pune.
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, who had raised the issue of glitches in the electoral rolls blamed the state administration for its lackadaisical approach. “The apathy of the state administration and the neglect of its political bosses is responsible for this,” said Somaiya, while speaking on the problems faced by people in registering themselves as voters.
He added that other states were better placed in the process, with some having almost 98% coverage of photo rolls (photographs of voters in the electoral rolls to curb bogus voting). In comparison, photo coverage was just about 30% in certain areas of Mumbai like Mankhurd, Somaiya added.
Maharashtra has 14,92,243 voters in the 18- 19 years category account while those in the 60- 69 years and 70 to 79 years categories are 73,63,479 and 43,75,506 respectively.