Electoral rolls purification activities underway

Instructions to implement SVEEP programme in all districts

Bhopal, August 4, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):   The Election Commission of India has launched National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme for rectification in electoral rolls and rationalisation of polling booths. Field officers are interacting with election stake holders and verifying voters’ lists. The Commission has undertaken two major missions in this regard. Activities like inclusion of all eligible voters in voters’ lists, make the lists error-free, providing EPIC number to each voter, inclusion of better and good quality image in photo electoral rolls, removal of dead, transferred and absent voters and duplication are included in the first mission. Other activities like standardisation of location of polling booths, its internal area, better demarcation of polling booths, regularisation of inner and adjacent space of the booths, by using GIS technology, maps, image of the polling booths and detail information about basic facilities, width and breadth of booth building have been included in the second mission. Family members’ mobile number, email ID, identity proof and other documents, detail are being collected for providing election-related information at the time of elections. To provide information is voluntary and that will not be disclosed. It would be kept in commission’s portal. The commission has developed a multipurpose and useful NERP dashboard for sharing information with election stakeholders, information collection, processing and monitoring. Field staff and booth level officers have been imparted training in this regard. Members of Booth Awareness Group (BAG) have been deputed in conducting systematic voter education and SVEEP campaign. The groups are getting engaged in interacting with voters, reading out electoral rolls and pasting posters. Lists of duplicate voters, absentee, transferred and dead voters have been displayed at notice board by Electoral Registration Officer for transparency and taking active participation of citizens in the mission. The lists are available at CEO and DEO’s websites.

The data has been shared with political parties. Instructions have been issued to read out the lists in Gram Sabha, meetings of Resident Welfare Association, ward committees and local bodies. Booth Level Officers will collect feedback of booth level agents, appointed by political parties by showing the lists. Instructions have also been issued to remove duplicate names from the electoral rolls only after following due process so that no eligible voter’s name is deleted. Electoral registration officers have been asked to maintain a daily register for supervision by district electoral officer.

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