It’s a special campaign to literate all voters, says state additional chief electoral officer
Geetanjali Minhas | January 21, 2020 | Mumbai
The Maharashtra State Election Commission has urged the residents to take advantage of the ongoing Electors Verification Programme (EVP) and register their names along with those of the members of their families in the electoral rolls. The drive, which started on November 11, 2019, will continue till February 13, 2020.
With the EVP, the state government is preparing a voters’ list and electors can go for any corrections, omissions, errors or additions. “Every voter has the right to get their details updated. With the EVP, the Election Commission is giving an opportunity to all voters to verify themselves, so that there are no omissions and errors like missing names, addition of new voters or excluding names of those deceased etc. With our slogan, ‘Electoral literacy will strengthen our democracy’, this is a special campaign to literate all voters. I appeal to all residents completing 18 years on January 1, 2020 to come forward and apply for voter’s ID,” said Dilip Shinde, additional chief electoral officer.
“The state has a total of 8,97,56,928 electors. As on date, the commission has received 2,42,94,623 requests. 7,65,606 entries were incorrect. Any corrections etc have to be applied on Form 8 prescribed by the Commission and it has so far received 6,76,683 online forms. 88,923 forms have been received offline,” he said.
A revised draft list will be published on February 28 after which suggestions and objections will be invited for the period of one month. Thereafter, till March 27, two special drives/camps are being organized on March 7 and 8 and again on March 14 and 15, and all suggestions, objections received during this period will be decided by April 15. The final list will be out and published on May 5.
The Maharashtra government has appointed booth level officers all over the state, and they are working to ensure enrolments. “We are appealing to all political parties to appoint their agents at booth levels and help in enrolment as they know their constituencies and voters,” added Shinde.
Voters have the options of registering through help lines, mobile app or logging in to the website http://www.nvsp.in or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. On the website the voters have to register themselves through their mobile number or email ID. The voter helpline app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. The voter will have to find their name in the electoral roll by searching either through EPIC (elector photo identity card) number or name. The information has to be verified and approved if it is correct. If there is need of any correction then it can be done in the online facility after providing the required attachment for the purpose. For changes or updation voters can submit any of the approved documents including the passport, driving licence, Aadhaar card, ration card, identity card for government/semi-government officials, bank passbook, farmer’s identity card, PAN card, smart card issued by RGI under NPR; latest water/telephone/electricity/gas connection bill for that address either in the name of the applicant or that of his/her immediate relation like parents etc.
The voter can also verify members of his family by submitting the EPIC number of the member and has been given the option to enrol their family members in electoral rolls during this drive by clicking the ‘Unenrolled members’ option. Alternatively, the voter can also personally visit common service centres or voter centres with the above mentioned documents and complete the required procedure. Any voter including persons with disabilities can dial the toll free number 1950 for help. They can follow the Commission on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram too.
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