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253 in battle ring of the EVMs in Punjab
In Punjab, while all the major political parties - Shiromani Akali Dal, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are in fray but the entrance of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has added a new aspect to the battle.
Of the total 2.7 crore population in the State, 1,95,27114 would exercise their right to franchise, say about 70 per cent population would cast their vote by pressing the button on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs.)

This time, with the introduction of Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme at the root level, the voting percentage is expected to be have a high turn-out on the voting day, as intensive efforts have been made by taking the special interests by the District Election Officers.

It has been seen that an elaborate campaign has been undertaken to educate and motivate the teenage voters to take part in the electoral process as their number in the state is expected to go beyond five lakh. 

At the same time, only a meager 138 NRI voters would be entitled to cast their vote of wich 81 are male and 57 female. While the Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Ferozepur, Bathinda and Patiala constituencies do not have even a single NRI voter, Hoshiarpur with 31 voters tops the list, followed by Ludhiana 26, Fatehgarh Sahib 15 and Faridkot 14.

In terms of electorate, the district wise break-up is as:

Sr.No.

Constituency

No.of candidates

VOTE






Male

Female

Total

1

Gurdaspur

13

775367

712803

1488170

2

ASR (SC)

23

806445

712517

1518962

3

Khadoor Sahib

17

810080

743978

1554058

4

Jalandhar(SC)

24

806566

741836

1548402

5

HSP (SC)

17

753666

720041

1473707

6

Anandpur Sahib

18

811671

745517

1557188

7

Ludhiana

22

834643

725208

1559851

8

F.G.Sahib (SC)

15

737763

655644

1393407

9

Faridkot (SC)

19

764563

685860

1450423

10

Ferozepur

15

806445

712517

1518962

11

Bhatinda

11

807940

710898

1518838

12

Sangrur

21

753433

665024

1418457

13

Patiala

20

829466

744221

1573687

 

 

253

10266743

9260371

19527114

While the Patiala Lok Sabha seat with 15,73,687 voters would be the largest in the State while the Fategarh Sahib seat with an electorate of 13,93,407 lakh voters the smallest seat.

Total number of candidates in fray is 253 from all the political parties including independents. Against the total number of voters as 1,95,27,114, 1,02,66,743 male and 99,30,371 females.



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