Maharashtra: Pune city witnesses 31 per cent rise in number of voters in last five years
The number of voters under the jurisdiction of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has increased by 31 per cent in the last five years, said officials last week while releasing the draft voters list for the upcoming civic polls in the city. The total number of voters in the second-largest city in Maharashtra is now 34,58,714, against the figure of 26,34,798 during the previous civic elections in 2017.
“The percentage of voters has increased by 31 per cent in the PMC area. This is due to the increase in population, which is yet to be registered in the census exercise, and also inclusion of 34 villages in civic limits,” said a civic officer.
Overall, 4.5 lakh new male voters and 3.75 lakh female voters have been added to the voters list. Notably, there are six wards among the total 58 PMC wards where the number of female voters is more than that of male voters.
Going by the increase in population, the number of corporators in the PMC has also been increased to 173.
The civic body has finalised the reservation of seats for the Schedule Caste (SC) and Schedule Tribe (ST) groups based on their respective percentages within the city limit as per the 2011 census. The reservation of seats for women across categories has been fixed at 50 per cent as per state laws. Meanwhile, the reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) has been struck down by the Supreme Court but the state government continues to argue in its favour in the apex court.
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