November 14, 2017 07:36 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Special Summary Revision of photo Electoral roll will begin in Punjab from 15.11.2017. The Draft Electoral Roll will be published on 15.11.2017 and can be seen at office of DEO, ERO BLO and Polling Station. The draft electoral roll is also available at website of the CEO Office. (http://ceopunjab.nic.in).  Claim and objection in Form 6, 6A, 7, 8 and 8A can be filed with the ERO’s from 15.11.2017 to 14.12.2017 by anyone who has attained the age of 18 as on 01.01.2018.

Against a total projected population of 29955749, the eligible population of 18+ is estimated at 20241147 persons. The draft electoral roll now contains 19995592 voters these covering approximately 98.79% of the eligible population. During the continuous revision of electoral rolls 200813 new voters have been registered and 89139 dead, duplicate, not eligible or shifted voters have been deleted from the electoral rolls. EP ratio of electoral rolls in the state is 668 and gender ratio of electoral rolls is 894.

In Punjab main gap lies in the age-cohort of 18-19 years where the coverage is only 177663 against an estimate of 1167198 eligible persons. In order to target this gap, special campaigns have been launched in educational institutions and through partner organizations and Government Departments.

            The Election Commission has organized intensive training of all its functionaries down to the BLO level to ensure smooth and hassle free enrolment of voters or correction in the roll. ECI has imposed ban on transfers of Electoral registration related officers and staff to all Departments. The Draft electoral Roll can be seen on the CEO’s website on which there is also a search facility on the basis of name. Separately, an SMS based query system is also available by sending a message CEOPJB < SPACE> <EPIC NUMBER> and sent it to +917738299899. The CEOs helpline 1950 has also been activated and upgraded for the revision period which will remain open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

            The Additional CEO invited representative of all political parties on 15.11.2017 to inform them regarding this revision programme and to seek their cooperation in taking this message to all citizens who have not been enrolled till now. Soft Copies of the Draft roll of 117 assembly constituencies of State have been handed over to representatives of the political parties. They have been requested to appoint Booth Level Agents in all the polling booths to assist the BLO and ERO in making the rolls clean and healthy.

The District Election Offices & Electoral Registration Offices will also hold a meeting today or tomorrow with all representatives of political parties in all districts of Punjab. They will also give a hard copy and CD containing the draft electoral rolls to the authorized person of the recognized political parties.

 All BLOs and supervisors are expected to be in the field on their Polling Stations on 18th November and   25th November 2017 for reading of roll and 19th November and 26th November, 2017 the forms will be received by the BLOs at their respective polling stations. Teachers who are BLOs will attend to this work after school hours so that the studies of the students are not adversely affected.

The Chief Electoral Officer has directed to all the DEOs and EROs to ensure the meticulous compliance of the ECI’s guidelines to improve the health of the electoral rolls.

The Election Commission of India has also launched a special drive from 15.11.2017 to 30.11.2017 for comprehensive electoral roll checking. The BLO will visit door-to-door during this period to maximize registration of eligible voters., to remove entries of Dead and Permanently Sifted Electors correct errors in elector’s details in all languages of Electoral rolls, to Obtain Family details, contact details, GIS Coordinates ,To identify Overseas electors (registered and unregistered) and also to identify Future Voters (17+ year on 1st January 2018) . The ECI has also launched BLO net App as pilot project in five assembly constituencies  namely 17-Amritsar Central, 35-Jallandhar Central, 62-Atam Nagar, 92-Bathinda Urban and 115-Patiala to collect all the above information. The  AEROs, EROs, Additional DEOs and DEOs will also check the electoral rolls of randomly selected parts to ensure the accuracy of the electoral rolls and will send the checking report to the Chief Electoral Officer in this regard. The Officer from the CEO office will also visit the field to supervise this activity.

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