New web-based software on Electoral Roll Management launched

The new software will be made functional during the revision of voters list during the month of November and then any person above 18 years of age can apply in form number 6, 7, 8 and 8A online on the website of Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana for addition, deletion or correction of names in the voters list or Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), an official spokesman said.

The Election Commissioner of India, H S Brahma was the chief guest on the occasion and Deputy Election Commissioner Dr Alok Shukla was also present, he said.

"After receiving the application online, the concerned Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will download the application and give it to the Booth Level Officer (BLO) for verification of facts," the Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana, Sumita Misra said.

A public notice will also be served by the ERO which is normally of eight days duration and during that time anybody can raise objections on the application. Then the ERO will hear the claims and objections received pertaining to that application and decide to add or delete the name from the voters list.

The decision will be conveyed to the applicant in writing and also online because it is appealable. In future, the Election Commission is planning to convey the decision through SMS on the cell phone of the applicant, if the number is written on the application.

Such type of software was already functional in Chattisgarh and it is being implemented in 21 states of the country this year. Brahma said that the Commission has decided to observe January 25 every year as National Voters Day and it will be observed for the first time on January 25, 2011.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) was founded on that day in 1950 and this is the Diamond Jubilee year of the ECI.

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