Thiruvananthapuram, April 4 IANS | 9 months ago

On April 10, nearly 2.5 million more voters in Kerala will cast their ballot in the Lok Sabha elections, as compared to the 2009 poll, a top poll official said Friday.

Speaking to reporters here Friday, chief electoral officer Nalini Netto said that while the total size of the electorate during the 2009 general elections in the state was 2,17,99,979, for the 2014 poll, it has risen to 2,42,51,942.

This time round, there are 269 candidates - 242 men candidates and 27 women - in fray for the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, she said.

"The number of women voters has gone up from 1,13,12,785 in 2009 to 1,25,70,439 this year. The number of male voters too grew from 1,04,87,194 to 1,16,81,503," said Netto.

This time, the total number of young voters from age 18 to 19 years is 5,56,702 which includes 3,10,366 men and 2,46,336 women.

In the 60 years and above category, there are 35,13,580 voters with 15,99,147 men and 19,14,433 women, she said.

In the 2009 poll, there were 20,476 polling stations and 11,759 polling locations while this time round there are 21,424 stations and 11,969 locations.

Polling in Kerala on April 10 would be held via 30,795 ballot units which will be controlled by 24,601 control units.

Ten polling booths have only about 100 voters listed, while booth number two in Kochi has only 20 voters listed with the poll authorities, one of the lowest recorded voter tally.

The entire poll exercise will be conducted by 1,05,049 officials comprising of 88,122 men and 16,927 women.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)

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