Meghalaya: Election Department to launch a drive to include eligible voters

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Shillong (Meghalaya), Aug 13 : The state election department ,CEO FR Kharkongor informed that the Election Commission has announced the schedule for Special Summary Revision with reference to 1st January 2020 as qualifying date .

The objective being to prepare accurate electoral rolls and inclusion of all eligible voters .Removal of dead/shifted /disqualified voters will also be another focus after due procedure is followed and with prior notice to the concerned voter.The focus of the campaign will focus on the newly eligible 18 plus voters and Commission remains steadfastly committed to enrolling PWD voter.

As healthy and error free electoral rolls is the consistent bedrock of the electoral process, the current campaigns will be preceded with the Electoral Verification Programme (EVP). This time in a departure from previous campaigns, an intensive programme for Electors Verification will begin wef 1st September to 30 th September. During this campaign citizens will be given the opportunity to come forward and proactively authenticate their electors details and also details of their family members registered in Electoral Rolls through the NVSP( National Voters Service Portal), 1950 toll free Contact Centres and for the very first time through Common Service Centres( CSC)
In this connection CEO informed that there are over 600 CSCs all over the state and MOU has already been executed between office of CEO and State Head CSC to facilitate verification of electors details through CSC which will facilitate ease of Verification of voters without travelling far distances to their respective district head quarters. BLOs will continue to undertake house to house Verification as part of this exercise.

Electors are also encouraged to provide information through “crowd sourcing” and share information through BLOs and also via online medium.

EPIC card portability will also be possible which allows an elector to retain unique EPIC card number if they move to another AC. As part of verification process they will need to authenticate their particulars by submission of any of the recognised identity document such as passport, driving licenses,Aadhar, ration cards, Authorized ID cards etc.

The tag line of the campaign for EVP will revolve around :
“Perform your citizens role-Do it Right -Right the Rolls
Each one ,verify one, correct one”

CEO has already convened a Video Conference with all DEOs of all 11 districts for taking preparatory steps to roll out the EVP programme in their respective districts and sub divisions.

A meeting with representatives of all political parties is being convened on Aug 13 next to seek the collaboration of political parties in the forthcoming campaigns.

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