Special voter registration to begin after poll announcement: Sampath

Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Sunday said after the Lok Sabha polls schedule is announced an opportunity will be given to those whose names are missing in the voters’ list to enrol themselves.

After the election schedule is announced, booth-level officers in nine lakh polling stations across the country will issue Form 6 (for enrolling names), receive filled-in papers then and there, and check the details for inclusion of names, Sampath said at a function at Amity University here on Sunday.

The chief election commissioner asked the electorate to check whether their names featured in the revised voters’ list.

‘Since the election commission does annual revision of electoral rolls which includes deletions and additions of names, voters should regularly inspect the revised electoral rolls and see that their names are there... Sometimes, a name may have been deleted due to human or feeding error,’ he said.

‘Don’t be under the impression that once your name is there in the voters’ list, it will be there forever,’ he added.

‘During the last elections, especially in metropolitan areas, there were cases of missing voters who although had elector’s photo identity card (EPIC), their names were missing in the voters’ list probably due to the inherent problems faced in maintenance of electoral rolls,’ Sampath said.

He called upon the youth to spread the message of higher enrolment and greater participations for maintaining vibrant democracy in the country.

‘The Election Commission also has a provision for filling online application for registering as a voter which involves minimal formalities, therefore the first time voters and those who are re-enrolling can easily get their names into voters’ list,’ he added. PTI

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