More SC/ST seats in 15th Lok SabhaMarch 12th, 2009 - 9:15 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Mar 12 (ANI): The 15th Lok Sabha will have 11 more reserved seats for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The number of total seats, however, will remain 543.
The number of constituencies reserved for Scheduled Castes has increased from 79 to 84 after the delimitation of the constituencies.
Likewise, the number of seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes has increased from 41 to 47.
Moreover, the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections will witness an increase of over 4.30 crore voters. Nearly 10.5 lakh electronic voting machines will be used at 8.3 lakh polling stations. These polling stations include 12,901 new ones set up in villages having less than 300 electors.
Uttar Pradesh will have the highest number of electors at over 11.64 crore while Lakshadweep will have lowest number of electors at 44.4 thousand.
Around 1800 observers are likely to keep a stringent watch on the electoral process spread over five phases across the country. (ANI)