With a multi-cornered electoral contest on the cards in Haryana, the young voters will play a key role in deciding the fate of candidates on 10 Lok Sabha seats of the State, which goes to polling on May 12.
Young voters in Haryana A total of 1.73 crore voters including 93.06 lakh males and 80.48 females constitute the electoral roll across the State, which has a population of 2.53 crore (according to Census 2011).
Nearly 37.53 lakh young voters form 21.6 percent of the total voters while the highest number of voters across the State is in 30-39 years age group with 43.48 lakh, accounting for 25 percent of the electorate.
The major political parties in the fray are ruling BJP, Congress, Indian National Lok Dal, Jannayak Janta Party of Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala, Aam Aadmi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)-Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP) combine in the fray.
According to the Election Commission data, there are 1.40 lakh voters in the age group 18-19. The voters in the age bracket between 20-29 years are 36.13 lakh. The group in the age brackets of 18-19 and 20-29, categorized as young voters forms 21.6 percent of the total voters.Young voters in Haryana
The highest number of voters in Haryana is in 30-39 years age group with 43.48 lakh, followed by 35.05 lakh in the 40-49 years age group, 27.68 lakh in 50.59 age group, 17.17 lakh in 60-69 age group, 8.27 lakh in 70-79 age group and 80 plus voters are around 4.37 lakh.
“Of the 1.73 crore voters, Faridabad parliamentary constituency has the highest number of 13.73 lakh voters followed by Hisar with 11.88 lakh voters and Bhiwani 11.36 lakh voters,” said Haryana Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Inder Jeet while talking to The Pioneer.Young voters in Haryana
He said that while there are 1.40 lakh voters in the age group 18-19 (also first time voters), the State has 5,910 registered centenarian voters (100 years of age or above).
The maximum number of 553 voters who are of 100 years of age or above, are in Karnal, which is Chief Minister Manohar Lal’s constituency. The lowest number of 111 centenarian voters is in Panchkula parliamentary constituency, he added.
According to the political analysts, the young voters will play a pivotal role in deciding the winning candidate on 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana.Young voters in Haryana
As a large number of these voters use social media, the political parties and the ticket aspirants have been focusing to reach out to the younger voters through social media platforms, holding interactive session on Twitter, Facebook and smartphone application “WhatsApp” to alter the electoral scene.Young voters in Haryana
The Election Commission also plans to use social media platforms to ensure a large voter turnout on the election day in the State.Young voters
In 2014, the eligible voters in Haryana were 1.6 crore, which has witnessed around eight percent increase in 2019 with 1.73 cr registered voters now.Young voters in Haryana
In last general elections, the state had recorded a high voter turnout with around 73 percent. In 2009, the voter turnout in the state was 68 percent while 65.72 percent in 2004.