Special summary revision of photo electoral rolls from October 15

Shimla/October 15 (NG News)
State Election Department would carry out the special summary revision of photo electoral rolls-2015 from October 15 to November 10, 2014 in all 68 assembly constituencies of the state on the directions of Election Commission of India.

Chief Electoral Officer Narender Chauhan said that the special summary revision of the photo electoral rolls would be done by considering January 1, 2015 as qualifying date.

Giving details of the program, he said the draft publication of photo electoral rolls at all polling stations and offices of the Returning Registration Officer (ADM/SDM) and Assistant Returning Officers (Tehslidar/Naib Tehsildar) would be done on October 15. “Whereas the claims and objections could be filed from October 15 to November 10, 2014 which would be decided by 20 November and electoral rolls would finally be published on January 5, 2015,” Chauhan said.

He said that in order to maintain transparency in the electoral rolls, special meetings of Gram Sabha had been called on 17th and 30th October in all assembly constituencies and such meetings would also be held at ward level in urban areas. “The electoral rolls would be read out and verified in presence of the citizens and they would also get an opportunity to submit their claims and objections during these meetings also,” he said.

He said that in order to facilitate the electors to verify their names in the rolls and getting form registering their names a special campaign would be organized on October 19 and November 2 at every polling station. “Any citizen can also call the call centre of State Election Department on toll free number 1950 for enquiry regarding registration of his/her name in the electoral roll,” he said.

He added that the state Election Commission also held a meeting with the representatives of the recognized political parties regarding special summary revision of the photo electoral rolls.

Chauhan said that all political representatives had been given information about the entire process of the revision of the photo electoral rolls. “All types of the forms would be made available free of cost which could be filled on the spot and submitted to the designated officers at every polling center. The electors could also check their names on the photo electoral rolls which were available on http://ceohimachal.nic.in website of the state government,” Chauhan said.

He added that the Commission had requested all the political parties to deploy booth level agents at every polling center so as to ensure making the photo electoral rolls up to date and flawless which would go a long way in strengthening the democracy.