Delhiís electoral roll has 154 voters aged over 100, 3.49 lakh first-timers

Delhi has 154 voters aged 100 years or more, and over 68,000 voters aged between 80 and 100 years. Coming to the city's young voters, 3.49 lakh men and women in the 18-19 age group will, for the first time, exercise their voting rights this year, in the Assembly elections in November.

The city's total number of voters has climbed to 1.15 crore from 1.07 crore during the 2008 Assembly elections, according to the electoral roll. Of the 1.15 crore electorate, 64 lakh are women and 51 lakh men. Young voters make up 3.04 per cent of the electorate.

Announcing the capital's final electoral roll on Wednesday, Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said voting will take place in 11,763 polling booths spread across 2,603 locations. In all, 634 locations have been identified as "critical", areas where the Election Commission feels voters are vulnerable to intimidation.

"Other than ensuring that most people exercise their franchise, we also want to ensure that voting is ethical... that no one is forced to vote under duress or inducement from someone but only by their own free will. We have identified 634 such 'critical' pockets across the city and security measures will be taken to ensure free and fair voting in these locations," Dev said.

The final electoral roll may be out but Dev said the Election Commission will update the electoral roll till 10 days before the last date for filling of nominations.

As part of steps to encourage eligible youngsters to exercise their franchise, the election office has appointed "ambassadors" in 863 educational institutions to ensure all eligible students get their names enrolled in the voters' list. Dev said 110 camps have been organised in schools and colleges for enrolling students since April; while 324 camps have been organised in areas with low percentage of women voters. A total of 7,249 homeless people have enrolled in the voters' list.

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