GUWAHATI, Nov 9: Election Commission of India led by chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar and election commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey nationally launched the Special Summary Revision-2023 from Pune, to focus on Urban & Youth Apathy and Purification of Electoral Rolls.
An error free updated electoral roll is a prerequisite for a smooth, free and fair election. Annual Special Summary Revision is conducted across the country to ensure enrolment of newly eligible voters.
The commission flagged off a cycle rally – ‘Pedal for Participative Elections’ from Balewadi Stadium, Pune. An exhibition on ‘Voter Awareness Messages’ was inaugurated at Savitri Bai Phule University.
Chief electoral officer of Assam, Nitin Khade, also flagged off a cycle rally with the theme – ‘Pedal for Participative Elections’ on Wednesday. The Rally was flagged off from Dispur Secretariat Playground and covered the route from Dispur to Bhangagarh, Bhangagarh to Khanapara and finally from Khanapara to the starting point at Dispur. Around 400 participants from various walks of life participated in the rally.
The chief electoral officer before flagging off the rally, emphasised on the importance of the Special Summary Revision and that of a participative and inclusive elections. A theme song made for the Special Summary Revision-2023, was also launched before flagging off the rally.
Later in the day, the chief electoral officer, Assam participated in a special session of Chunav Pathshala, which is a platform to engage the community members, through interesting activities and hands on experience to sensitise them on their electoral rights and familiarise them with the electoral process of registration and voting, at polling station no – 132, 133, 134 and 135 (all located at Kendriya Vidyalaya Khanapara) under no 52 Dispur Assembly Constituency, in Kamrup Metropolitan Election District.
The chief electoral officer, Assam also held a meeting with representatives of political parties in his office to emphasise on the importance of the Special Summary Revision, important dates of the SSR and publication of the draft electoral roll.
The district election officers, electoral registration officers and booth level officers also organised various programs on the day of publication of the draft electoral roll in their respective area of jurisdiction.
The integrated draft electoral roll of Special Summary Revision w.r.t 01/01/2023 as the qualifying date was published on November 9, 2022 in respect of all the 126 Legislative Assembly Constituencies of Assam.
The total electors in the draft electoral roll are 2,38,81,196, out of which 1,20,26,588 are male and 1,18,54,608 are female. The total number of electors in the last published final electoral roll was 2,37,10,834. There is an overall increase of 0.77% of electors.
The period for filing claims and objections is from November 9, 2022 to December 8, 2022. Disposal of claims and objections will be completed by December 26, 2022. The final publication of the photo electoral roll will be on January 5, 2023.
Election Commission of India has introduced four qualifying dates from the current Special Summary Revision. The four qualifying dates are January 1, 2023, April 1, 2023, July 1, 2023 and October 1, 2023. Prospective electors above 17 years of age will be able to apply in advance for registration of their names in the electoral roll starting from November 9, 2022. However, their applications will be processed only on or after any of the aforementioned qualifying dates on which they attain 18 years of age.
For registration of names, deletion of names or objection to inclusion of name in the electoral roll and correction of entries, the voters or prospective electors can download Voter Helpline App or login to www.nvsp.in or may contact their respective Booth Level Officers (BLOs).
The chief electoral officer, Assam appealed to all prospective electors to come forward and apply for registration.