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Gujarat Assembly polls in 2017 to cost about Rs 240 cr, says Election Commission

Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) B B Swain recently made a presentation before the EC about the upcoming elections in the state.

Gujarat elections, Gujarat assembly elections, Gujarat news , Election in Gujarat news, Expense in Gujarat elections, India news, latest news Gujarat currently has about 4.20 crore voters and the EC plans to add about 14 lakh new voters, especially in the 18-19 age group. (Representational Image)

The 2017 Gujarat assembly elections will cost an estimated Rs 240 crore, almost 30 percent more than the cost incurred in the 2012 elections, said a senior official of the Election Commission (EC) on Thursday.

Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) B B Swain recently made a presentation before the EC about the upcoming elections in the state. “It is estimated that the upcoming elections in the state will cost about Rs 240 crore. The last state assembly polls held in 2012 had cost Rs 185 crore to the state exchequer. The 2014 Lok Sabha polls had cost about Rs 212 crore,” said Swain.

“The biggest expense of the assembly polls is wages. Transport, logistics, security and food also form a sizable part of the costs,” he said. The Indian Express had earlier reported that for the 2017 assembly polls, about 3,000 new polling booths will also be added to the existing 45,000 booths. The decision to increase the number of polling booths — which will also contribute to the election expense — was taken after the EC undertook a rationalisation process a few months ago and decided to have a maximum of 1,200 voters in one booth located in a rural area and 1,400 voters in an urban area.

Gujarat currently has about 4.20 crore voters and the EC plans to add about 14 lakh new voters, especially in the 18-19 age group, when its officials begin a “special summary revision of electoral rolls” later this month. Of the total 4.2 crore voters in the state, the 18-19 age group form only 1.33 percent. “When we begin the special summary revision of electoral rolls from September 15, we will focus on adding about 14 lakh voters in the 18-19 age group. This addition will involve all those who will turn 18 by January 1, 2017, and will be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections in Gujarat,” the official said.

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“During the month-long process, we will also have three special campaign dates — September 18 and 25 and October 10 — where all polling booths will remain open and anybody can walk in and get his or her name added. We will also be holding special sessions for young voters in schools and colleges,” he said. “We will be publishing the final electoral rolls on January 5, 2017. It will be this particular list of voters that will be used for assembly polls,” Swain added.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 04:44:09 am
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