Tamilnadu voters’ list- discrepancies

20/01/2012

The population of Tamilnadu as per the 2011 census is 7.21 crores. The population of children in the age group of 0-14 in Tamilnadu is around 35% as per the earlier census.
The population of those in the age group 15-18 is more than 5%. Thus the population of people less than 18 years is about 40%. In other words the population of people above the age 18 years, who are eligible to vote, would be only about 60% of the total population. This comes to 4.326 or 4.33 crores. But according to Government figures as reported in the media, the number of voters in Tamilnadu is over 5.00 crores. Assuming an increase of over 1 % during the period of one year since the census was taken in 2011, the voters’ list should contain a maximum of 4.40 crores names. Thus the latest voters’ list prepared by the government seems to contain around 60 lakhs additional names which need to be corrected.

Further the population figures include a large number of immigrant workers from other states like Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala etc. Most of these workers are unlikely to have registered as voters in Tamilnadu, as they would have registered in their native states. Thus the voters’ list contains much more than 60 lakhs extra names which need to be removed.

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