New Delhi: As the nation is gearing up for the much-talked assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, participation of youth vote would be one of the deciding factors as in the last one-year more than one crore young voters have been enrolled in the voters’ list. Of this new segment of electorate, half of them have just crossed 18 years of age, the eligible age for casting vote.

Just a week before the five states go for polls, these young voters will be provided with their voter identification cards on January 25, 2012.

The youth icon of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party's young MP from Kannauj Akhilesh Yadav have already realized the importance of youth participation and hence started the exercise to woo them. When Rahul Gandhi is constantly trying to strike a chord with the state youth by his successive rallies, Akhilesh Yadav at the same time is also striving hard to connect with young masses through his cycle rally.

The voter list, which will be finalised in the first half of January, will also highlight the participation of youth in other parties. The experts are of the opinion that young faces would play a vital role in the forthcoming elections.

Notably, the Election Commission is celebrating January 25, 2012 as the Voter ID Day. On this day, at least 60 lakh youth, who would complete 18 years of their age would be distributed voter cards.

There has been a manifold increase in the number of such youth electorate, in which Uttar Pradesh tops the list. Terming it as a positive sign for the nations’s development, a senior EC official Akshaya Rout said, “Election 2012 will witness the participation of new set of voters, especially youth,” adding that the EC has always encouraged youth to exercise their electoral power. 

JPN/ Bureau