The upcoming Lok Sabha elections in India are set to be a massive democratic exercise, with over 96 crore individuals eligible to cast their votes. Among these, 47 crore are women, showcasing a significant and inclusive participation in the electoral process. The elections will witness the establishment of more than 12 lakh polling booths across the country, reflecting the widespread nature of the democratic process.
A notable demographic in this electoral landscape is the age group of 18 to 19 years, comprising over 1.73 crore eligible voters. This signifies the active participation of the youth in shaping the future of the nation.
To ensure the seamless conduct of the parliamentary elections for the 18th Lok Sabha, a substantial workforce of 1.5 crore polling personnel will be deployed. Their role is crucial in facilitating the electoral process and maintaining the integrity of the democratic exercise.
Comparing historical data, a 2023 letter from the Election Commission (EC) to political parties reveals that India had 17.32 crore registered voters in the inaugural Lok Sabha elections of 1951, a number that increased to 19.37 crore in 1957. The evolution of the electorate continues, with 91.20 crore voters recorded in the 2019 polls.
Importantly, nearly 18 lakh individuals with disabilities are part of the registered voters, underscoring the commitment to inclusivity in the electoral rolls.
The trajectory of voter turnout in India has witnessed significant growth over the years. In the first Lok Sabha elections, held in 1951, the voter turnout was recorded at 45 percent. This figure rose substantially to 67 percent in the last parliamentary polls, showcasing the increasing engagement and participation of the electorate in the democratic process.
As India gears up for yet another democratic exercise, the diversity and scale of the electorate highlight the vibrancy of the country's democratic traditions. The upcoming Lok Sabha elections are poised to be a reflection of the collective will and aspirations of the people across the nation.
(With Agency Inputs)