Hyderabad: Telangana and Seemandhra put together have the highest number of first time voters in South India, data released by Election Commission reveal. A total of 67 lakh first timers below 29 years have registered since January 2013 till date and are expected to vote.
The gender ratio is 1000:929. From April 18, the EC authorities would deliver 6.45 crore Photo Voters slip (which they call invitation to vote) at every doorstep.
According to data, a total of 32,58,475 first timers have been registered in Telangana of whom 16, 85,130 are male voters and 15, 73, 345 are female voters. Male voters who enrolled, surpass their female counterparts by a lakh in Telangana.
In the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, the overall number of first timers is 34,48,432 of whom 17,02,942 are male and 17,45,490 are female. In Seemandhra, female enrollers exceed their male counterparts by 42,548.
Most of the first-time voters are in the age group of 18- 29 years.
Owing to online registration system introduced this year for enrolment, the numbers are impressively high, with youth across the state voluntarily registering to exercise their franchise. The 2014 elections is said witness the highest ever turnout of youth. The EC has engaged 70,000 employees to distribute photo voter slips. EC CEO Bhanwar Lal said voters in Telangana will get these slips before April 30 and those in Seemandhra before May 7.