CEO Shaleen Kabra meets representatives of political parties

CEO Shaleen Kabra meets representatives of political parties
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Assures EVMs being tamper proof, discuses Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls

Jammu: Chief Electoral Officer Jammu and Kashmir Shaleen Kabra Thursday held a meeting with the representatives of different political parties regarding the on-going Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls.
They were apprised about the extension of ongoing Summary Revision, from 23rd December, 2018 as the last date for filling of Claims and Objections, disposal of claims and objections up to 12th January, 2019 and the final publication of Electoral Roll is 22nd January, 2019.
The representatives of the political parties were informed that the third and final Special Camp at all the polling stations across the state is being held on 16th December, 2018, wherein all the Booth Level Officers in presence of Booth Level Agents will go through the draft roll and identify the errors if any.
The BLOs will also read out the names of the Claims and Objections received so far including the deleted entries at their respective polling stations. The main focus of the special camp would be regarding the removal of repeat/multiple entries/ from electoral rolls, besides to enroll the new eligible left out electors.
He requested the political parties to appoint BLOs at grass root level, who will remain present at designated locations for receipt of claims and objections, under the aegis of designated officers/BLOs, on the special campaign day, besides to help BLOs to rectify anomalies, if any, in the voter list. He further appealed them to avail the facility offered by Election Commission of India through an online portal i.e. NVSP http:/ /www.nvsp.in, which can be accessed at a click of a button and the already enrolled voter can see his/her all details and make corrections in their particulars if needed besides new enrolment can be made if not enrolled as voter.
During the meeting representatives of political parties expressed their concerns about the de-duplicate entries in the electoral roll, requested more new polling stations in farflung areas. In response CEO replied that the exercise of removing de-duplicate entries has already being taken at micro level and if any such entries/data is in their knowledge to kindly share so that such de-duplicate electors will also be removed.
He informed them that 1281 new polling stations have been created/added in the last two years as the total are now 11316, which were 10035 in 2016 . Kabra assured them that additional polling stations can be created in vulnerable areas as per SOP of Commission only if such requirements have not been met in far flung areas so far and for that they have to submit such details to concerned Deputy Commissioner after the publication of final electoral roll.
CEO assures all the representatives that EVM of ECI are temper proof and fully satisfied with the integrity of electoral process, by adding VVPATs it has further enhanced confidence among citizens in ECI’s electoral process. The holy book namely “Status paper on EVMs” were also distributed among them.
He further appealed them that they will ask their district units to join the election meetings at district levels and to also cooperate during the ongoing revision of electoral rolls and ensure that no eligible person is left behind.