A news report states, “India now has a total of 850 million voters, chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi said at a function to mark National Voters’ Day”
Statistics from census report 2011: Total population: 1,21,05,69,573 and people above 18 years of age: 76,20,43,050. Therefore, 62.95% of the population is eligible to register as voters. Age demographics would not have altered much in 5 years.
Current population of India is quoted as “1,295,288,107 (1.29 billion) As of Jan 26, 2016.” Citizens eligible to register as voters today would be 81,53,83,858 – 62.95% of the projected population.
Thus, even if 100% of eligible citizens are registered as voters, the voter list has about 5% illegal entries. We know that a good percentage of citizens have not registered as voters. We can reliably arrive at this conclusion by analysing the registered voters and by sample surveys.
Poor quality of electoral rolls is a cause of concern as this will not allow free and fair elections.
Tone of CEC’s statement was of pride rather than concern about the poor state of Electoral Roll Management System across the country. I have renewed my offer of help to CEC and do not expect an answer, as in the past.