New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has announced that youth who have completed 17 years of age can now apply to add their name to the electoral roll. In India only those who have reached the age of 18 have the right to vote. In this case, the Election Commission of India has announced that those who have completed 17 years of age can apply for inclusion in the voter list in advance one year in advance without having to wait until they turn 18.
Therefore, the Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajiv Kumar has ordered that all the state Chief Electoral Officers and their subordinate officers should arrange the necessary technical facilities for the youth to apply in advance.
The Election Commission said that the verification of the applications of the youth will be completed quickly and they will be included in the eligible list and they will be issued voter ID cards. The newly revised Electoral Draft List for 2023 will be released soon. In 2023, candidates who have completed 18 years of age on April 1, July 1 and October 1 respectively can submit their applications one year earlier than at the age of 17, the EC said in the order.
In this case, the Election Commission has also taken forward the work of linking the Aadhaar number with the voter ID card. In the first phase, this connection work has started in the state of Maharashtra. According to the 2019 Lok Sabha election statistics, there are about 90 crore registered voters in the country. As India is a country with a large youth population, this number is expected to increase significantly in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.