Poll panel plans to revise electoral roll

Poll panel  plans to revise electoral roll

The Election Commission will on January 1 next year launch a revision to strike off the names of retired or dead personnel of the Army and paramilitary forces from the lists of “service electors” in the electoral rolls.

The EC on Tuesday announced the de novo intensive revision of the last part of the electoral rolls in order to strike off the names of “service electors”, who have since retired, died or have ceased to be a service voter for other reasons. 

The poll panel has decided to carry out such a revision of the rolls of service electors after 12 years. The last de novo preparation of the last part of electoral roll was done in 2002.

The revision will be carried out across the nation, except for poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.

The last part of the electoral rolls of each constituency contains the names of “service electors” – personnel of armed forces, Assam Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force, General Reserve Engineer Force in Border Roads Organisations and Central Industrial Security Force, as well as the members of armed police forces serving outside the respective states and persons employed by the Government of India serving outside India.

The wife of a service elector ordinarily residing with him is also eligible to be registered in the last part of the electoral rolls as a “service elector” along with her husband. This, however, does not apply to the husband of a “service elector” even if he is staying with her.  

The EC said the nationwide revision would be complete by April 1. The commission requested the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home, Ministry of External Affairs and Director General of Border Roads Organisation to extend co-operation and assist it in carrying out the revision.

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